Introduction: Anthropological criminology 2.0

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This article seeks to outline a contemporary anthropological approach to crime and criminalization, an “anthropological criminology 2.0”. This is an anthropological criminology which distances the subfield from its social Darwinist connotations and instead etches itself clearly onto a social and political anthropological tradition. In doing so, the article moves from Malinowski’s initial functionalist and localist approach to present-day political and global orientations. It offers five distinct propositions for anthropological criminology to engage with in future: Five propositions, which we believe to be essential for future anthropological studies of crime and criminalization. With these as guidelines, our hope is to fully revive a much-needed dialogue between criminology and anthropology. As we shall see, anthropological and ethnographic insights are currently in demand as global, yet poorly understood, forms of crime are developing alongside ever more crude and amplified reactions to them.
Original languageEnglish
JournalFocaal: Journal of Global and Historical Anthropology
Volume85
Pages (from-to)1-14
ISSN0920-1297
Publication statusPublished - 2019

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