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Prof John Muncie

Emeritus Professor

Social Policy and Criminology

Qualifications

BSc Leicester, PhD Leicester

Course development and teaching

During my Open University career I have either chaired or have produced teaching materials for almost all criminology and social policy courses that the University has offered at undergraduate and postgraduate levels, including the current undergraduate courses Crime and justice (DD301), and Welfare, crime and society (DD208) and the postgraduate courses Youth justice, penality and social control (D864) and Community safety, crime prevention and social control (D863).

Research interests

Critical criminology, comparative youth justice, crime, harm and social policy.

Since 2003 I have been a Director of The Open University International Centre for Comparative Criminological Research (ICCCR).

My main research involves establishing the parameters of a distinctive and comprehensive youth criminology capable of moving beyond narrow discipline boundaries by drawing on cultural studies, media studies, social history, the sociology of education, labour-market studies, the sociology of youth and social policy as well as criminological knowledge. A summation of this work can be found in the publication Youth and Crime published by Sage (1st edition 1999, 2nd edition 2004, 3rd edition 2009). Theoretically, this work has involved the challenging and transgressing of traditional crime and law-and-order agendas. Empirically, it has involved critical analysis of policy documents and semi-structured interviewing of key personnel in crime prevention/youth justice agencies.

My current research focuses on comparative analysis of global youth justice reform, international policy transfers and compliance with children’s rights conventions. An edited volume on comparative youth justice with 17 international contributors was published by Sage in 2006. Related to this from 2002-06 I was the UK representative on an international working group funded by SSRC (USA) exploring the relations between Youth, Globalisation and the Law. I am the co-editor of the journal Youth Justice: An International Journal and a member of the editorial boards of the British Journal of Criminology and The Howard Journal of Criminal Justice.

Other recent key projects have been the compilation, authoring and editing of the first Dictionary of Criminology to be published in the UK (Sage Publications, 1st edition 2001, 2nd edition 2006) and the editing of classic and contemporary criminological texts to construct The Sage Library in Criminology. Nine volumes were published between 2006 and 2009.

Recent publications

A selection of my research publications can be viewed at The Open University's Open Research Online.

‘Youth Justice’ in Criminal Justice edited by A.Hucklesby and A. Wahidin, (with Goldson) Oxford University Press, 2009.

Youth and Crime, Sage Publications, 3rd edition 2009.

‘The Punitive turn in Juvenile justice: Cultures of control and rights compliance in the USA and Western Europe, Youth Justice: an International Journal, vol.8, No. 2, 2008

The Sage Library of Criminology: Youth Crime and Juvenile Justice, vol.1 The ‘Youth Problem’ (edited with Goldson), Sage, 2009.

The Sage Library of Criminology: Youth Crime and Juvenile Justice, vol.2 Juvenile Corrections (edited with Goldson), Sage, 2009.

The Sage Library of Criminology: Youth Crime and Juvenile Justice, vol.3 Children’s Rights and State Responsibilities (edited with Goldson), Sage, 2009.

‘The theory and politics of criminalisation’ Criminal Justice Matters, no. 74, 2008 pp.13-14.

‘Youth justice and the governance of young people: Global, international, national and local contexts’ in Youth, Globalisation and the Law edited by S. Venkatesh and R. Kassimir, Stanford University Press, 2007.

The Sage Library of Criminology: Criminal Justice and Crime Control, Vol. 1 Visions of Justice Sage, 2007

The Sage Library of Criminology: Criminal Justice and Crime Control Vol. 2 Punishment, Sage, 2007

The Sage Library of Criminology: Criminal Justice and Crime Control Vol. 3 Risk, Prevention and Security Sage, 2007

Youth Crime and Justice: Critical Issues, Sage, 2006. (edited with B. Goldson).

Comparative Youth Justice: Critical Issues, Sage, 2006. (edited with B. Goldson)

The Sage Dictionary of Criminology, 2nd edition, Sage, 2006 (edited with E. McLaughlin)

The Sage Library of Criminology: Criminology Vol. 1 The Meaning of Crime, Sage, 2006

The Sage Library of Criminology: Criminology Vol. 2 The Causes of Crime, Sage, 2006

The Sage Library of Criminology: Criminology Vol. 3 Radical and Critical Criminologies, Sage, 2006

‘Repenalisation and rights: Explorations in comparative youth criminology’ Howard Journal of Criminal Justice. vol. 45, (1), 2006.

‘Rethinking youth justice: Comparative analysis, international human rights and research evidence’ Youth Justice, vol.6, (2), 2006 (with B. Goldson)

‘Governing young people: coherence and contradiction in contemporary youth justice’ Critical Social Policy, vol.26, (4), 2006

‘The globalisation of crime control: the case of youth and juvenile justice’, Theoretical Criminology, vol.9, (1), 2005.

Youth and Crime, 2nd edition, Sage, 2004.

The Student Handbook of Criminal Justice and Criminology, Cavendish, 2004, with D. Wilson

‘Youth justice: globalisation and multi-modal governance’ in Newburn and Sparks. (eds) Criminal Justice and Political Cultures, Willan, 2004.

‘Youth justice: responsibilisation and rights’ in Roche et al. (eds) Youth in Society, Sage, 2004.

Criminological Perspectives: Essential Readings, 2nd edition, Sage/Open University, 2003, (with E. McLaughlin and G. Hughes).

'Youth, risk and victimization' in Jupp, Francis and Davies (eds) Understanding Victimization, Macmillan, 2003.

'Policy transfers and 'what works': some reflections on comparative youth justice', Youth Justice, vol.1, (3). 2002.

Youth Justice: Critical Readings, Sage/Open University, 2002.

‘Modes of youth governance: Political rationalities, criminalization and resistance’ in Youth Justice: Critical Readings, Sage/Open University, 2002.

'Children's rights and youth justice' in Franklin (ed.) The Handbook of Children's Rights, Routledge, 2002.

‘The Permanent Revolution: New Labour, New Public Management and the Modernisation of Criminal Justice’, Criminal Justice: The International Journal of Policy and Practice, vol.1, (3), 2001, (with E. McLaughlin and G. Hughes).

‘Customers, Consumers and Workers: Market Value and the Construction of Youth Identities’, Youth and Policy, no.73, 2001. with D. Pye.

'Decriminalizing criminology', Selected Papers from the British Criminology Conference 1999, 2000.

Youth and Crime: A Critical Introduction, Sage, 1999.

'Institutionalized intolerance: youth justice and the 1998 Crime and Disorder Act', Critical Social Policy, vol.19, (2). 1999.

A repository of research publications and other research outputs can be viewed at The Open University's Open Research Online.

Last updated: 14 March 2011

Last updated: 12 April 2013