© 2018


Reconnecting Crime and Social Harm

  • Avi Boukli
  • Justin Kotzé

Part of the Critical Criminological Perspectives book series (CCRP)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Avi Boukli, Justin Kotzé
    Pages 1-8
  3. Reconsidering Crime and Social Harm

  4. Contextualising Harm

  5. Back Matter
    Pages 283-287

About this book


This book challenges the given dichotomies between crime and harm, and criminology and zemiology. The main aim of the volume is to highlight the inexorable interconnectedness between systemically induced social harm and the corrosive flows of everyday crime both perpetrated and endured by those victimised by the capitalist system and its hegemonic vicissitudes. Drawing attention not only to various structurally imbedded harms, the chapters also outline the wider consequences of such harms, as they extend beyond immediate victims and contribute towards the further perpetuation of criminogenic and zemiogenic conditions. 

Comprising two parts, the first explores the relationship between crime and harm and criminology and zemiology, and the second explores the intersections of crime and harm through various lenses, including those trained on probation; global mobility; sexuality and gender; war and gendered violence; fashion counterfeiting; and the harms of the service economy. An exciting and wide-reaching volume written by world-renowned scholars, this collection is a must-read for students, academics, and policy makers in the fields of law, criminology, sociology, social policy, criminal justice, and social justice.


Criminology Criminal justice Zemiology Social harm Socio-structural Neo-liberalism Deregulation Criminal law Law enforcement Environmental crime War crime Capitalism Abolitionism

Editors and affiliations

  • Avi Boukli
    • 1
  • Justin Kotzé
    • 2
  1. 1.The Open UniversityMilton KeynesUnited Kingdom
  2. 2.Teesside UniversityMiddlesbroughUnited Kingdom

About the editors

Avi Boukli is Lecturer in Criminology at The Open University, UK.

Justin Kotzé is Senior Lecturer in Criminology and Criminal Justice at Teesside University, UK.

Bibliographic information


“This book nudges knowledge forward on the relationships between systemic, structural and interpersonal forms of crime and harm. From the scholarly but always heartfelt reflections in the early chapters, to the chapters taking the reader’s zemiological gaze in to war, murder, ‘extreme’ pornography, borders, fashion, rehabilitation and environmental harm-doing, this book takes suffering seriously.” (Pamela Davies, Professor of Criminology, Northumbria University, UK)

“This superb collection probes points of contact as well as tensions between zemiology and criminology, and between grasping complex patterns of harm and doing something about them.  Authors explore the wilful ignorances, silences and omissions that both generate specific contemporary harms and nurture their acceptance.  The book can help us better understand exactly what we are up to as critical criminologists in these times.” (Lois Presser, Professor of Sociology, University of Tennessee, USA)

“This book offers a refreshing new way of understanding the relationship between crime and social harm and between criminology and zemiology. Each chapter is thought provoking and timely. Much can be learned from reading this original anthology, and it is destined to stimulate meaningful debates within international critical criminological circles.” (Walter S. DeKeseredy is Anna Deane Carlson Endowed Chair of Social Sciences, Director of the Research Center on Violence, and Professor of Sociology)