A Research Agenda for Global Crime


A Research Agenda for Global Crime

9781800370982 Edward Elgar Publishing
Edited by Tim Hall, University of Winchester, UK and Vincenzo Scalia, Università degli Studi di Firenze, Italy
Publication Date: 2020 ISBN: 978 1 80037 098 2 Extent: 200 pp
This multidisciplinary collection of essays by leading international scholars explores many pressing issues related to global crime. The book opens with essays that look across this diverse terrain and then moves on to consider specific areas including organised crime, cyber-crime, war-crimes, terrorism, state and private violence, riots and political protest, prisons, sport and crime and counterfeit goods. The book emphasises the centrality of crime to the contemporary global world and mobilises diverse disciplinary positions to help understand and address this.

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Elgar Research Agendas outline the future of research in a given area. Leading scholars are given the space to explore their subject in provocative ways, and map out the potential directions of travel. They are relevant but also visionary.

It is becoming more important in the modern, globalized period to understand the power of illicit and illegal acts and actors in shaping our world. Opening with chapters that look across the diverse terrain of global crime, this Research Agenda moves on to consider key specific areas, including: organised crime, cyber crime, war crimes, terrorism, state and private violence, riots and political protest, prisons, sport and crime and counterfeit goods. Offering both critical reviews of key theories and in-depth case studies, this Research Agenda challenges the notion that criminal acts in a global age are solely the preserve of organised criminal groups, highlighting the role of other actors including governments, armies and corporations.

A vital source of reference for criminology and sociology undergraduate, and post-graduate students, as well as those from a host of other social science disciplines, this Research Agenda will provoke thought and discussion across these topics. It will also be of great benefit for policy makers and practitioners working to better understand and combat transnational crime.
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‘This is a book that shows how legality and illegality are indeed limited concepts when it comes to global and transnational crimes. It successfully explores legal and conceptual diversities, but also procedural and thematic convergence in our globalized world where, to quote Hannah Arendt and to echo the authors of this text, certain harmful conducts simply “explode the limits of legal thought”, leading to a constant need for deeper tools for analysis.’
– Anna Sergi, University of Essex, UK, and University of Turin, Italy

‘Adopting the perspective that our world is increasingly tied together by flows that combine both licit and illicit, this timely volume pushes criminology into dialogue with wider debates about transnationalism and globalism, showing that crime can usefully be examined through a relational and geographical lens. But more than this, the book represents the state of the art in contemporary criminology, showing how the discipline is expanding to encompass multiple forms of economic and environmental exploitation, from human trafficking and drug smuggling through to corporate crime and environmental abuses. An exciting collection that underscores the value of inter-disciplinary thinking on questions of crime and criminology.’
– Philip Hubbard, King''s College London, UK
Contributors: R. Altopiedi, M. Clement, N. Groombridge, T. Hall, D. Hobbs, R. Hudson, J. Large, J. Lea, C. Martin, D. Mitchell, V. Scalia, S. Stephenson, M. Yar


1. Thinking through global crime and its research agendas
Tim Hall and Vincenzo Scalia

2. Economic geographies of the (il)legal and the (il)licit
Ray Hudson

3. Faces in the clouds: criminology, epochalism, apophenia, and transnational organized crime
Dick Hobbs

4. War, terrorism and criminal justice
John Lea

5. War crimes, genocide and the value of a social harm approach in a post-accountability world
Daniel Mitchell

6. Environmental crimes: controversies and perspectives
Rosalba Altopiedi

7. Transnational governance and cybercrime control: dilemmas, developments and emerging research agendas
Majid Yar

8. The demand for counterfeiting on the criminological research agenda
Jo Large

9. State, society and violence in Russia: towards a new research agenda
Svetlana Stephenson

10. Riots, protest and globalization
Matt Clement

11. The socio-material cultures of global crime: artefacts and infrastructures in the context of drug smuggling
Craig Martin

12 Sport and crime in a global society
Nicholas Groombridge


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