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The Oxford Handbook of Criminology

The Oxford Handbook of Criminology (7th edn)

Alison Liebling, Shadd Maruna, and Lesley McAra
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date: 13 April 2024

p. 1Introduction: The renewed visionlocked

p. 1Introduction: The renewed visionlocked

  • Alison Liebling,
  • Shadd Maruna
  •  and Lesley Mcara

Abstract

This chapter reviews developments in the field of criminology in the context of the fundamental shifts that have occurred over the past seven years in almost every aspect of society, caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, the global economic down-turn, rising geo-political tensions, and the impact of activist movements such as #MeToo and Black Lives Matter. It argues that these shifts highlight the continued relevance of British criminology as currently practised, with its expanding knowledge-base, inter-disciplinary insight, and diverse array of methodological tools, all contributing to a better understanding of the conditions necessary to support just social orders. The chapter pays tribute to the previous editorial team and to those that criminology has lost since the last edition. The changing of the generations is reflected in this volume: it constitutes a living archive—a marked step in the life narrative of the field and a celebration of its growing strengths and popularity as a subject.

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