© 2008

Marxism and Criminological Theory

A Critique and a Toolkit


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Setting the Scene

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Mark Cowling
      Pages 3-9
    3. Mark Cowling
      Pages 10-33
    4. Mark Cowling
      Pages 34-52
  3. The Critique

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 53-53
    2. Mark Cowling
      Pages 72-104
    3. Mark Cowling
      Pages 105-145
  4. The Toolkit: The Possibilities of Marxist Analysis

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 147-147
    2. Mark Cowling
      Pages 162-168
    3. Mark Cowling
      Pages 188-195
    4. Mark Cowling
      Pages 196-214
    5. Mark Cowling
      Pages 215-232
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 238-292

About this book


This volume looks at Marxist thought in criminology, the work of Willem Bonger, Georg Rusche and Otto Kircheimer, and assesses the role of Marxist analysis in areas such as Critical Criminology and Left Realism. Arguing that Marxism is relevant in the post-Soviet era, it offers a 'toolkit' of Marxist theories and how to use them.


capital capitalism communism crime criminal justice criminology Kirche Marxism Nation realism work

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.University of TeessideUK

About the authors

MARK COWLING is Reader in Criminology at the University of Teesside, UK.  He is author of Date Rape and Consent and has also published widely on Marxism. He is the convenor of the PSA Marxism Specialist Group, and editor of its journal Studies in Marxism.

Bibliographic information