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2013 Annual Meeting Presidential Papers

Selected Papers from the Presidential Panels
2013 ASC Annual Meeting -- Atlanta
Expanding the Core: Neglected Crimes, Groups, Causes and Policy Approaches

The 2013 ASC Annual Meeting featured ten Presidential Panels on the program theme.  Panelists were invited to have their papers posted on this site, with the papers serving as resources that members might draw on as they work to “expand the core” in the ways indicated below.  The papers received thus far are posted below.

Expanding the Core: Core or “mainstream” criminology has made major strides in recent decades, providing much insight into the causes and control of interpersonal acts of violence, theft, and drug use/sales.  But at the same time, criminologists from a variety of perspectives have argued for an expansion of the core.  Most notably, it is said that core criminologists should:

  • Devote more attention to harmful acts beyond those legally defined as crimes, including acts committed by states. 
  • Consider additional causes of crime, beyond those social psychological factors that dominate core research, with some arguing for more focus on bio-psychological factors and others on societal characteristics. 
  • More fully consider the ways in which gender, race/ethnicity, sexual orientation and others factors influence crime; including victimization and the nature and experience of those factors that cause crime. 
  • Examine crime in non-Western as well as Western societies. 

The papers below discuss why it is important for criminologists to expand the core in the ways indicated, highlight key research that has already been done, and discuss needed research.      

Bob Agnew, 2013 ASC President


*** Three Papers on the Definition of Crime ***

What is Crime? Why is Criminology? by Raymond Michalowski

Transcending the Conventional Definition of Crime: Toward a Twenty-First Century Criminology, by David O. Friedrichs

Expanding the Core: Blameworthy Harms, International Law and State-Corporate Crimes, by Ronald C. Kramer  

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Pushing the Envelope: The Current State of North-American Critical Criminology, by Walter S. DeKeseredy

*** Three Papers on Green Criminology ***

Animal Abuse, Animal Rights and Species Justice, by Ragnhild Sollund 

The Antecedents and Emergence of a ‘Green’ Criminology, by Nigel South and Rob White

The Future of Green Criminology: Horizon Scanning and Climate Change, by Rob White and Nigel South

*** Two Papers on Crime and the State ***

Gender and Genocide, by Nicole Rafter and Kristin A. Bell

A Dynamic Life-Course Approach to Genocide, by Christopher Uggen, Hollie Nyseth Brehm, and Suzy Mceltath

*** Two Papers on Crime in Macro-social and Historical Context ***

The Importance of Testing Criminological Theories in Historical Context: The Civilization Thesis versus the Nation-Building Hypothesis, by Randolph Roth

The Uses of, and Technology for International Surveys (PowerPoint Slides), by Charles Tittle

*** Two Papers on Non-Western Crime and Justice ***

Non-Western Crime and Justice, by Mangai Natarajan

Sustainable Development through Crime Control:  A New Challenge for Criminologists, by Jan Van Dijk