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Recently Published: “The Routledge International Handbook of Rural Criminology”

The Routledge International Handbook of Rural Criminology, edited by Adjunct Professor Joseph Donnermeyer, has recently been published and features chapters by CJRC researchers Professor Kerry Carrington, Professor Russell Hogg, Professor John Scott and Associate Professor Molly Dragiewicz. 

About the book: 49% of the world’s population lives in small towns, villages and farms, yet until recent years criminological scholarship has focused almost exclusively on urban crimes. The Routledge International Handbook of Rural Criminology is the first major publication to bring together this growing body of scholarship under a single cover. For many years rural criminology has remained marginalized and often excluded from the mainstream, with precedence given to urban criminology: this volume intends to address that imbalance. Pioneering in scope, this book brings together leading international scholars from fourteen different countries to offer an authoritative synthesis of theoretical and empirical literature. This handbook is divided in to seven parts, each addressing a different aspect of rural criminology:

  • Rurality and crime
  • Criminological dimensions of food and agriculture
  • Violence and rurality
  • Drug use, production and trafficking in the rural context
  • Intersections between rural and green criminology
  • Policing, justice and rurality
  • Teaching rural criminology

Edited by a world renowned scholar of rural criminology, this book explores rural crime issues in over thirty-five countries including Japan, Sweden, Brazil, Australia, Tanzania, the US, and the UK. This is the first Handbook dedicated to rural criminology and is an essential resource for criminologists, sociologists and social geographers engaged with rural studies and crime.

Table of Contents

  • 1. Introduction to the International Handbook of Rural Criminology (Joseph F. Donnermeyer)

Part I: Rurality and Crime

  • 2. Civic Community and Violence in Rural Communities (Jessica Doucet and Matt Lee)
  • 3. Research on Social Disorganization Theory and Crime in Rural Communities (Ethan Rogers and William Alex Pridemore)
  • 4. Factors Affecting Crime Rates in Six Rural Indigenous Communities (Larissa Behrendt, Amanda Porter and Alison Vivian)
  • 5. Crime and Response in Rural Japan (Yoshiko Takahashi)
  • 6. The Importance of Context: Understanding the Nature of Anti-social Behaviour in Rural Scotland (Andrew Wooff)
  • 7. From Myth to Myth: Rural Criminology in France (Christian Mouhana)
  • 8. Rural Prostitution (John Scott)
  • 9. Homies of the Corn: Gangs in the Rural Environment (Angela Glosser)
  • 10. The Nomadic Pastoralist, the Fisherman and the Pirate: A Historical Overview of the Rural Dimensions of Piracy in Somalia (Victoria E. Collins)

Part II: Criminological Dimensions of Food and Agriculture

  • 11. Farm Victimisation: The Quintessential Rural Crime (Elaine Barclay)
  • 12. Agricultural Crime in Africa: Trends and Perspectives (Emmanuel K. Bunei, Samwel Auya and Joseph Rono)
  • 13. Criminal Farmers and Organized Rural Crime Groups: A UK Case Study (Robert Smith and Gerard McElwee)
  • 14. Understanding Farm Animal Abuse: Legal and Extra-Legal Factor (Jarret S. Lovell)
  • 15. Human Trafficking, Labor Exploitation, and Exposure to Environmental Hazards: The Abuse of Farmworkers in the US (Kelle Barrick)
  • 16. Modern Slavery and Agriculture (Richard Byrne and Kreseda Smith)

Part III: Violence and Rurality

  • 17. Intimate Violence Against Women in Rural Communities (Walter S. DeKeseredy, Amanda Hall-Sanchez, Molly Dragiewicz, and Callie M. Rennison)
  • 18. Crime and Violence Outside the Metropole: An Australian case study (Russell Hogg and Kerry Carrington)
  • 19. Intimate Violence and Abuse in Rural Contexts (Sarah Wendt)
  • 20. Rural Bullying: An Overview of Findings from the Rural Adaptation Project (Caroline B.R. Evans, Paul R. Smokowski and Katie L. Cotter)
  • 21. Crime and Victimization in Rural Brazil (Marcelo Justus, Luiz Guilherme Scorzafave and Elder Generozo Sant’Anna)
  • 22. Corruption and Land Use Expropriation in Rural China (Qingli Meng)

Part IV: Drug Use, Production and Trafficking in the Rural Context

  • 23. Drug Production in the Rural Context (Ralph Weisheit and Henry Brownstein)
  • 24. Rural Adolescent Substance Use: Community Causes and Cures (David G. Gomez and Lisa R. Pruitt)
  • 25. The Rural Context of Substance Misuse in the United States: Emerging Adult Patterns and Local Perceptions Following the Great Recession (Karen T. Van Gundy, Corinna Jenkins Tucker, Nena F. Stracuzzi, Erin Hiley Sharp, and Cesar J. Rebellon)
  • 26. Approaching rural drug issues from the perspective of community psychology: The relevance of community-mindedness in peer-oriented intervention (Anke Stallwitz)
  • 27. Methamphetamine and the Changing Rhetoric of Drugs in the United States (William Garriott)

Part V: The Intersection of Rural and Green Criminologies

  • 28. Fractured Earth, Forced Labour: A Green Criminological Analysis of Rights and the Exploitation of Landscapes and Workers in Rural Contexts (Avi Brisman, Bill McClanahan and Nigel South)
  • 29. Re-Conceptualising Folk Crime in Rural Contexts (Rob White)
  • 30. Conservation Crime as Political Protest (George Holmes)
  • 31. Illegal Hunting: Between Social and Criminal Justice (Erica von Essen, Hans-Peter Hansen, Helena Nordström Källström, M. Nils Peterson and Tarla. R. Peterson)
  • 32. Illegal Hunting as Rural Defiance (Mari Pohja-Mykrä)
  • 33. Jumping From the Frying Pan into the Fire: A Criminological Study of Forest Firesetting in Spain (Rafa Salvador)

Part VI: Policing, Justice and Rurality

  • 34. Policing Rural Indiegenous Communities: An Examination of Practices in Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the United States (Nicholas A. Jones, Savvas Lithopoulos, and Rick Ruddell)
  • 35. Indigenous Peoples and Rural Criminology (Chris Cunneen)
  • 36. Policing the Countryside in a Devolving United Kingdom (Richard Yarwood and Andrew Wooff)
  • 37. Crime and Policing in Swedish Rural Areas (Vania Ceccato)
  • 38. Policing Rural Canada (Rick Ruddell and Savvas Lithopoulos)
  • 39. Community Law Enforcement in Rural Tanzania (Hilde Jakobsen)
  • 40. China’s Social Transformation and the Development of Rural Community Corrections (Darrell D. Irwin, Dawei Zhang, and Susu Wang)

Part VII: Teaching Rural Criminology

  • 41. Teaching Rural Criminology – Topics and Issues (Elaine Barclay, Josh Meisel, Walter DeKeseredy and Jim Nolan)
  • 42. Lessons for Scholarizing from Contributions to the International Handbook of Rural Criminology (Joseph F. Donnermeyer)

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