Criminalizing war: criminology as ceasefire

Ruggiero, Vincenzo ORCID: (2009) Criminalizing war: criminology as ceasefire. In: Contemporary readings in criminology. Furst, Gennifer, ed. Sage Publications, Los Angeles. ISBN 9781412956628. [Book Section]


This chapter attempts to argue that the notion of ‘war as value’ has enjoyed unmerited longevity, and that a sociological-criminological analysis of war may today lead to its unconditional criminalization. Before presenting the criminalization argument, however, a brief analysis of how mainstream criminology has failed to address war and of the recent development of a new criminology of war is provided. Functionalism, labelling, conflict theory, abolitionism, ideas around corporate and state crime, as well as social disadvantage, in the form of international relative deprivation, are discussed with a view to determining whether within criminology itself pacifist resources can be found.

Item Type: Book Section
Additional Information: Also published as an article by Sage in the journal 'Social & Legal Studies' June 2005, Vol 14(2), pp 239-257.
Research Areas: A. > School of Law > Criminology and Sociology
Item ID: 2845
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Depositing User: Devika Mohan
Date Deposited: 16 Sep 2009 12:13
Last Modified: 13 Oct 2016 14:15

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