Disease and Crime
A History of Social Pathologies and the New Politics of Health
Edited by Robert Peckham
Routledge – 2014 – 198 pages
Disease and crime are increasingly conflated in the contemporary world. News reports proclaim "epidemics" of crime, while politicians denounce terrorism as a lethal pathological threat. Recent years have even witnessed the development of a new subfield, "epidemiological criminology," which merges public health with criminal justice to provide analytical tools for criminal justice practitioners and health care professionals. Little attention, however, has been paid to the historical contexts of these disease and crime equations, or to the historical continuities and discontinuities between contemporary invocations of crime as disease and the emergence of criminology, epidemiology, and public health in the second half of the nineteenth century. When, how and why did this pathologization of crime and criminalization of disease come about? This volume addresses these critical questions, exploring the discursive construction of crime and disease across a range of geographical and historical settings.
Introduction: Pathologizing Crime, Criminalizing Disease Robert Peckham Part I 1. Hong Kong’s Floating World: Disease and Crime at the Edge of Empire Carol C.L. Tsang 2. Sexual Deviancies, Disease, and Crime in Cesare Lombroso and the "Italian School" of Criminal Anthropology Chiara Beccalossi 3. Pathological Properties: Scenes of Crime, Sites of Infection Robert Peckham 4. Morality Plays: Presentations of Criminality and Disease in Nazi Ghettos and Concentration Camps Michael Berkowitz Part II 5. The "Bad" and the "Sick": Medicalizing Deviance in China Børge Bakken 6. Contagious Wilderness: Avian Flu and Suburban Riots in the French Media Frédéric Keck 7. The Criminalization of Industrial Disease: Epidemiology in a Japanese Asbestos Lawsuit Paul Jobin 8. Crime Between History and Natural History Mark Seltzer
Robert Peckham is Co-Director of the Centre for the Humanities and Medicine at the University of Hong Kong, where he teaches in the Department of History.