Dynamically written and richly illustrated, the Routledge International Handbook of Visual Criminology offers the first foundational primer on visual criminology. Spanning a variety of media and visual modes, this volume assembles established researchers whose work is essential to understanding the role of the visual in criminology and emergent thinkers whose work is taking visual criminology in new directions.

This book is divided into five parts that each highlight a key aspect of visual criminology, exploring the diversity of methods, techniques and theoretical approaches currently shaping the field:

• Part I introduces formative positions in the developments of visual criminology and explores the different disciplines that have contributed to analysing images.

• Part II explores visual representations of crime across film, graphic art, documentary, police photography, press coverage and graffiti and urban aesthetics.

• Part III discusses the relationship of visual criminology to criminal justice institutions like policing, punishment and law.

• Part IV focuses on the distinctive ethical problems posed by the image, reflecting on the historical development, theoretical disputes and methodological issues involved.

• Part V identifies new frameworks and emergent perspectives and reflects upon the distinctive challenges and limits that can be seen in this emerging field.

This book includes a vibrant colour plate section and over a hundred black and white images, breaking down the barriers between original photography and artwork, historic paintings and illustrations and modern comics and films. This interdisciplinary book will be of interest to criminologists, sociologists, visual ethnographers, art historians and those engaged with media studies.

part I|107 pages

Foundations – history, theory, methods

chapter 2|10 pages

Law, evidence and representation

chapter 4|13 pages

“We never, never talked about photography”

Documentary photography, visual criminology, and method

chapter 6|12 pages

Key methods of visual criminology

An overview of different approaches and their affordances

chapter 7|15 pages

Visions of legitimacy

Public criminology, the image, and the legitimation of the carceral state

chapter 9|17 pages

Art and its unruly histories

Old and new formations

part II|122 pages

Images and crime

chapter 10|14 pages

Making the criminal visible

Photography and criminality

chapter 11|16 pages

Documentary criminology

A cultural criminological introduction

chapter 12|15 pages

Going feral

Kamp Katrina as a case study of documentary criminology

chapter 13|11 pages

Mediated suffering

chapter 14|13 pages

Media, popular culture and the lone wolf terrorist

The evolution of targeting, tactics and violent ideologies

chapter 15|12 pages

Representing the pedophile

chapter 17|14 pages

Risky business

Visual representations in corporate crime films

chapter 18|12 pages


part III|93 pages

Images and criminal justice

chapter 19|12 pages

In plain view

Violence and the police image

chapter 21|12 pages

Opening a window on probation cultures

A photographic imagination

chapter 22|13 pages

How does the photograph punish?

chapter 23|12 pages

The visual retreat of the prison

Non-places for non-people

chapter 24|15 pages

Pervasive punishment

Experiencing supervision

chapter 25|14 pages

Graphic justice and criminological aesthetics

Visual criminology on the streets of Gotham

part IV|131 pages

Accusing images and images accused

chapter 26|11 pages

Staged imagery of killing and torture

Ethical and normative dimensions of seeing

chapter 28|14 pages

Visualizing blackness – racializing gaming

Social inequalities in virtual gaming communities

chapter 29|13 pages

Visual power and sovereignty

Indigenous art and colonialism

chapter 30|15 pages

Asylum seekers and moving images

Walking, sensorial encounters and visual criminology

chapter 31|12 pages

Visual criminology and cultural memory

The aestheticization of boat people

chapter 32|11 pages

Seeing and seeing-as

Building a politics of visibility in criminology

chapter 33|15 pages

The concerned criminologist

Refocusing the ethos of socially committed photographic research

chapter 35|11 pages

Against a ‘humanizing’ prison cinema

The Prison in Twelve Landscapes and the politics of abolition imagery

part V|100 pages

Future directions

chapter 38|17 pages

Sunk capital, sinking prisons, stinking landfills

Landscape, ideology and the carceral state in central Appalachia

chapter 39|9 pages

Territorial coding in street art and censure

Ernest Pignon-Ernest’s contribution to visual criminology

chapter 40|17 pages

Representations of environmental crime and harm

A green cultural criminological perspective on Human-Altered Landscapes

chapter 41|13 pages

There’s no place like home

Encountering crime and criminality in representations of the domestic

chapter 42|14 pages

Monstrous nature

A meeting of gothic, green and cultural criminologies