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Criminology in and of China: Discipline and Power

NCJ Number
Journal of Contemporary Criminal Justice Volume: 26 Issue: 1 Dated: February 2010 Pages: 7-19
Bill Hebenton; Susyan Jou
Date Published
February 2010
13 pages
This study examined the development of criminology in the People's Republic of China.
This sociohistorical study of the development of criminology in the People's Republic of China not only considers available primary and secondary sources but also directly draws upon fieldwork interviews conducted with prominent scholars in China in 2007. Crime has been a silent partner in Chinese modernization, and law and order have been as central to the Chinese ruling elite's priorities as the promise of prosperity and economic growth. Criminology as a field of study with recognized scholars and research publications has been established in China, and our article critically examines the development, focus and scope, direction and trends, and underpinning theories. References (Published Abstract)