Critical Criminology

, Volume 10, Issue 3, pp 173–194 | Cite as

Toward a Victimology of State Crime

  • David Kauzlarich
  • Rick A. Matthews
  • William J. Miller


State crimes have been studied by criminologists for nearly three decades. While far from stagnant, research and theory in this area of criminology have not developed at the pace one may have expected a decade ago. In an attempt to rejuvenate the study of state crime, we first identify and review the various types of victims and victimizers of state crime identified in the criminological literature. By employing a previously created typology of state crime, we discuss how individuals and groups of individuals can be identified as state crime victims in both domestic and international contexts. We then highlight the common themes involved in the victimizations, and offer six inductively generated propositions intended to facilitate future developments in the victimology of state crime.


Criminal Justice System Nuclear Weapon State Crime White Collar Crime Corporate Crime 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • David Kauzlarich
    • 1
  • Rick A. Matthews
    • 2
  • William J. Miller
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of SociologySouthern Illinois UniversityEdwardsville
  2. 2.Department of Sociology and AnthropologyOhio UniversityUSA
  3. 3.Department of SociologyCarthage CollegeUSA

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