The Sparking Discipline of Criminology

John Braithwaite and the construction of critical social science and social justice

Stephan Parmentier (Editor), Lode Walgrave (Editor), Ivo Aertsen (Editor), Jeroen Maesschalck (Editor), Letizia Paoli (Editor),

Series: Society, Crime and Criminal Justice 35

Category: Law

Language: English

DOI: 10.11116/9789461661197

ISBN: 9789461661197

Publication date: December 6, 2011

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Over the past decades, the Australian social scientist John Braithwaite (1951) has played a crucial role in the development of international criminology. He is universally considered one of the most renowned criminologists of our times and he has characteristically put his scientific engagement at the service of humanity and society by aiming at social justice, participative democracy, sustainable development and world peace. His relentless efforts to create links between the study of criminology and other scientific disciplines has led the K.U.Leuven (Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium) to honour Braithwaite in February 2008 with an honorary doctorate. In this collection of essays a number of well-known academics reflect on the work of John Braithwaite by addressing two leading questions: What are the implications of a republican theory of justice for criminology and criminal policy? And secondly, what is the role of academic criminology in today’s social, political and economic environment? The volume is concluded by an extensive and insightful contribution from John Braithwaite himself, not only reflecting on the preceding essays in the book, but also addressing the challenges and future directions for academic criminology in the present day.


Introduction: Criminology in search of new frontiers
Ivo Aertsen, Jeroen Maesschalck, Letizia Paoli, Stephan Parmentier and Lode Walgrave

Laudatio for John Braithwaite
Stephan Parmentier

Between evangelism and charlatanism. Reflections on the social responsibility of criminology and other social sciences
Lode Walgrave

Our sense of justice. Values, justice and punishment
Susanne Karstedt

Why criminology needs outsiders
Tom Daems

Braithwaite, criminology and the debate on public social science
Ian Loader and Richard Sparks

Why research cannot but be trans-disciplinary in complex matters of ethos and justice
Bart Pattyn

Opportunities and dangers of capitalist criminology
John Braithwaite

Selected publications by John Braithwaite by subject (1979-2010)

About the authors

Stephan Parmentier

Stephan Parmentier is a full professor in law and criminology at KU Leuven and member of the Research Unit of Criminal Law and Criminology.

Lode Walgrave

Lode Walgrave is Emeritus Professor of Criminology and Juvenile Justice at KU Leuven.

Ivo Aertsen

Ivo Aertsen is Professor of Criminology and Restorative Justice at KU Leuven.

Jeroen Maesschalck

Jeroen Maesschalck is Professor of Criminology and Police Studies at KU Leuven.

Letizia Paoli

Letizia Paoli is Professor of Criminology and Organised Crime at KU Leuven.

[...] it deserves to be read by all criminologists who make any claim to appreciating the breadth and depth of the criminological endeavour, and it will make an ideal basis for seminars of graduate students who are wrestling with the question of what is this thing called criminology.
David Biles, consultant criminologist in Canberra, Australia, former Deputy Director of the Australian Institute of Criminology for 'Criminal Law and Criminal Justice Books'.

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