To Be Published December 15th 2013 by Routledge – 240 pages
The left realist approach to criminology has changed significantly over the past twenty years and continues to make an important contribution to the theoretical study of crime, as well as issues such as crime prevention, policing, prisons, and community safety. As one of the pioneers of realist criminology, Roger Matthews presents a coherent overview of its development and continued relevance.
Matthews offers a comprehensive critique of liberal and administrative criminology, an exploration of the relation between Cultural Criminology and Realist Criminology and a further critique of some of the major themes in the criminological literature.
1. The origins and development of realist criminology, 2. Realist criminology: A framework for analysis, 3. Beyond "So what" criminology, 4. The myth of punitiveness revisited, 5. What is rational about rational choice theory?, 6. Cultural realism, 7. Are we are all Liberals now?, 8. Realist criminology - The way forward.
Roger Matthews is Professor and Director of Crime Reduction and Community Safety Research Unit at London South Bank University.