Histoire de la pensée criminologique
History of Criminological Thought
Professor Paul Knepper
Paul KNEPPER is Professor of Criminology in the School of Law at the University of Sheffield, UK. He has been Visiting Professor of Criminology at the Institute of Criminology, University of Malta. He is the editor of the “European Journal of Criminology”; formerly co-editor of the “Israel Studies in Criminology” series. He has written or edited 1o books dealing with criminology theory, history of crime, and crime prevention, and has contributed 50 articles on these topics to journals of criminology, history and law.
This course will be given in English during the Spring Semester 2014 in April 9, 10, 11 (to be confirmed).
This course examines criminological theories as a form of historical explanation. Typically, we project theories forward: a theory of crime written in the early 20C becomes an explanation for crime in the early 21C. In this course, we will project theories backward: how do criminological theories popular for explaining crime today work as explanations for crime in the 18C, 19C and 20C? In our discussions, we will consider issues of long-term levels of violence; cities and the geography of crime; women, gender and crime; culture and ‘the civilising process’; crime and justice in colonial contexts; and the formation of ‘criminal justice’.