The Rural Dimensions of a Southern Criminology: Selected Topics and General Processes

  • Joseph F. Donnermeyer


This chapter emphasizes the importance of considering the rural dimensions of a Southern criminology by discussing four key substantive issues: domestic violence, collective violence, trafficking and the inadequacies of current criminological theories of place. These topics demonstrate how rural criminology advances a Southern criminology by testing the generalizability or related shortcomings of Westernized theories of crime, of understanding the importance of localized context, of linking rural crime to forces of globalization and of developing a new theory of crime and place that can account for the diversity of community contexts in all regions of the world.


Rural criminology Violence Trafficking Crime and place 


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  • Joseph F. Donnermeyer
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  1. 1.School of Environment and Natural ResourcesThe Ohio State UniversityColumbusUSA

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