Call for papers to the special issue of the Archives of Criminology „Alienation and crime: from the mainstream to critical criminological perspectives”

The special issue is edited by three distinguished guest editors – Prof. Piotr Chomczyński (University of Łódź, University of Applied Sciences in Piła, Poland), Prof. Mahmood Shahabi (Shiraz University, Iran) and Prof. Roger Guy (State University of New York at Oswego, USA).

We encourage authors who research links between alienation and delinquency/crime both from mainstream and critical criminological perspectives to share their findings with readers. The editors are compiling a special issue on mainstream and critical approaches to alienation-crime nexus. We are interested in both partisan and nonpartisan research or accounts on the relations between alienation and crime in macro, mezzo and micro levels of analysis. We welcome papers exploring and demonstrating the ways alienation penetrates the fabric of macro-level social institutions and, on the micro-level, the lives and minds of individual actors.

We are now encouraging potential contributors to submit abstracts for consideration which relate to this area of research. It is our intention that the special issue will encompass a wide conceptualization of the relations between alienation and crime, including perspectives that look at alienation either as a subjective state of individual consciousness or an objective condition of society. In taking this comprehensive approach, we intend the special issue to make a significant theoretical contribution to how the alienation-crime nexus is understood and experienced across societies. We are also interested in work from across disciplines: humanities, social sciences, and interdisciplinary work.

We invite contributions related to the below themes. These are broad indicative themes only, and we are interested in all dimensions related to special issues’ topics including theoretical and empirical work which explores this area. In this special issue, we welcome both conceptual and empirical studies on the new developments in the link between alienation and delinquency/ crime, using a wide variety of research methods. Possible topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Objective alienations or objective structural forms of alienation leading to the crimes of wealth and the powerful elite, from crimes of the suites or white-collar crimes (both corporate crime and occupational crime) to structural and symbolic violence and injustices; violating human rights; crime against nature or climate crime; hate crimes against minorities, migrants and refugees; class, ethnic and gender discrimination, etc. Examples of objective alienation include alienating social conditions such as economic exploitation, economic inequality, or racial oppression. We welcome papers exploring the mechanisms employed by the rich and the powerful to exploit, oppress, and deprive the poor and the powerless at national and international scales. We are also interested in papers investigating how racial, ethnic, gender, class, and sexual orientation inequalities affect crime, victimization, and criminal justice.
  • Subjective alienations as both predictors and/ or intervening variables leading to delinquent behaviors or street crimes: alienation is implicated in a range of crimes and social problems such as gun violence and school massacres, family honour/shame killings, under-age and excessive alcohol usage, drug abuse and addiction, rape, prostitution, teen pregnancy, using coarse and explicit language, truancy, vandalism, theft, gang activities, school dropouts, suicide, domestic violence, casual sex, depression, etc. We welcome papers exploring who is more alienated and why and what are the mechanisms involved in the relationships between alienation and crime/ delinquency.
  • Specifying conceptually, and demonstrating empirically, the exact nature of the linkage between subjective and objective alienations in explaining crimes of the poor and the rich. It means even when alienation is viewed as a subjective state, research should encompass the objective environmental determinants of this subjective state.

There will be two steps of selection of papers to this issue. We invite expressions of interest (abstracts between 150 and 300 words) that should be submitted by 31 May 2022 through the online form. Selected authors will be invited to submit a paper by the end of October 2022 at the latest (using the journal’s on-line platform). All papers will be reviewed according to the journal’s policy and only papers with two positive reviews will be published in the journal.

All papers should be prepared and submitted in English.

More information you could find in the attached document.