"AFTER SUMNER" - new book discusses Colin's work on social censure!

Cover of 'Social Censure and Critical Criminology. After Sumner'

Cover of 'Social Censure and Critical Criminology. After Sumner'

  • 16 Oct 2017

It is with great pleasure that we congratulate Professor Colin Sumner, Head of School of Sociology, Philosophy, Criminology, Government and Politics, on the recognition of his work on Social Censure with the publication of the edited book by Anthony Amatrudo called 'Social Censure and Critical Criminology. After Sumner'.


The book discusses Colin Sumner's work on social censure in terms of its own original significance, and how it relates to today's issues.


This edited collection focuses on the sociology of 'social censure' – the sociological term advocated by Colin Sumner in his seminal writing of the 1980s and 1990s. Social censure has become increasingly important in contemporary criminological writing.


This can especially be seen in recent writing on gender and race and also in terms of the way that the state's relationship to crime is now understood. This collection addresses a deficit in the published literature and both revisits themes from an earlier era and looks forward to the development of new writing that develops Sumner’s seminal work on social censure. The contributors are drawn from leading scholars from across the Social Sciences and Law and they address a wide range of issues such as: race, youth justice, policing, welfare, and violence. The resulting volume is an interdisciplinary text that will be of special interest to scholars and students of Critical Criminology and Socio-Legal Studies, as well as those interested in the operation of the criminal justice system and criminological theory. 

Social Censure and Critical Criminology

After Sumner

Editors: Amatrudo, Anthony (Ed.)

 Table of contents (13 chapters)

Thinking Through Critical Criminology                            Roberts, Paul                Pages 1-45

Censure: Moral and Sociological                                    Farmer, Lindsay            Pages 47-65

Restoring the Crime-Poverty-Class Inequality Link          Webster, Colin              Pages 67-91

Two Accounts of Censure                                              Amatrudo, Anthony       Pages 93-114

Anti-racist Criminology?                                                Earle, Rod                    Pages 115-138

The Social Censure of Hidden Youth in Hong Kong           Chan, Gloria Hongyee

                                                                                    (et al.)                       Pages 139-189

Sex Work, Censure and Transgression                           O’Neill, Maggie             Pages 191-215

Mitigating and Responding to Corporate Violence:

Beyond Crime and Criminology                                     Tombs, Steve               Pages 217-245

Idealism, Violence and Censure                                    Hardie-Bick, James        Pages 247-273

War and Peace: Is Militarisation the New Norm?              Evans, Karen                Pages 275-301

What Is Crime, What Is Deviance? Reflections on the

Development and Contemporary Relevance of Sumner’s

Notion of Social Censure                                              Moxon, David                Pages 303-331

Sensure? Public Art, Territorial Coding, and Censure      Lippens, Ronnie             Pages 333-350

Normativity and the Ontology of Being                          Williams, Glyn (et al.)     Pages 351-377

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