Globalization, International Terrorism and Criminology

Mathieu Deflem, University of South Carolina

The events of September 11 have once again brought urgency to the study of international structures and processes in matters of crime and social control. Calls to study criminology internationally, to broaden the scope of criminological investigations, and to think globally with respect to crime and its control are once again made with trendous vigor. However, unless developments beyond confined localities are taken seriously, criminology will remain as parochial as ever. I apply insights rooted in classical sociological theory to analyze international issues of social control and, specifically, international police cooperation from a comparative-historical viewpoint. Such an empirically broad and theoretically meaningful perspective shows that globalization may be more novel in the field of criminology then it is new to many of the social concerns social scientists have long been interested in studying.

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