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Professor John Muncie

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Research interests

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

I was a founding member and Director of The Open University’s International Centre for Comparative Criminological Research (ICCCR) from 2003 to 2011. My main research involves establishing the parameters of a 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, 4th edition 2015). My current research focuses on comparative analysis of global youth justice reform, international policy transfers and compliance with children’s rights conventions.

Since 2006 I have been the co-editor of the journal Youth Justice: An International Journal.

Other 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, 3rd edition 2013) and the editing of classic and contemporary criminological texts to construct Criminological Perspectives: Essential Readings (Sage Publications, 1st edition 1996, 2nd edition 2002, 3rd edition 2013).

Publications

‘Juvenile Justice: International Law and Children's Rights’ in The International Encyclopaedia of Social and Behavioural Sciences, 2nd edition, Elsevier, 2015 (with B. Goldson).

Youth Crime and Justice: Critical Issues, 2nd edition, Sage, 2015 (edited with B. Goldson).

Youth and Crime, 4th edition, Sage, 2015.

‘Global Criminal Justice’ in Understanding Global Social Policy, 2nd edition, Policy Press, 2014.

The SAGE Dictionary of Criminology, 3rd edition, Sage, 2013 (edited with E. McLaughlin).

Criminological Perspectives: Essential Readings, 3rd edition, Sage, 2013 (edited with E. McLaughlin).

‘International Juvenile (In)Justice: Penal Severity and Rights Compliance’, International Journal for Crime, Justice and Social Democracy, 2 (2), 2013.

‘Youth Justice: In a child's best interests?’ in The SAGE Handbook of Punishment and Society, Sage, 2013 (with B. Goldson).

‘Towards a Global 'Child Friendly' Juvenile Justice?’ International Journal of Law, Crime and Justice, 40 (1), 2012 (with B. Goldson).

‘Illusions of Difference: Comparative Youth Justice in the Devolved United Kingdom’ British Journal of Criminology, 51 (1), 2011.

Crime: Local and Global, Willan/Open University, 2010 (edited with D. Talbot and R. Walters).

Criminal Justice: Local and Global, Willan/Open University, 2010 (edited with D. Drake and L. Westmarland).

‘Labelling, social reaction and social constructionism’ in the SAGE Handbook of Criminological Theory, Sage, 2010.

‘Comparative juvenile justice’ in Transnational Criminology Manual, Wolf Legal Publishers, 2010 (with B. Goldson).

‘On globalisation and exceptionalism’ in Comparative Criminal Justice and Globalisation, Ashgate, 2011.

‘Youth Justice’ in Criminal Justice, Oxford University Press, 2009 (with B. Goldson).

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

‘The United Nations, children’s rights and juvenile justice’ in Youth Justice Handbook, Willan, 2009.

‘The Punitive turn in Juvenile justice: Cultures of control and rights compliance in the USA and Western Europe, Youth Justice: an International Journal, 8 (2), 2008.

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

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

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

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

‘Youth justice and the governance of young people: Global, international, national and local contexts’ in Youth, Globalisation and the Law, 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, 45 (1), 2006.

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

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

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

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

Teaching interests

During my Open University career, from 1976 to 2011, I chaired or produced teaching materials for over 20 undergraduate and postgraduate courses in the fields of criminology, social policy, popular culture and youth studies including the undergraduate courses Social Work, Community Work and Society (DE206), Crime, Order and Social Control (D315), Crime and Justice (DD301) and Welfare, Crime and Society (DD208) and the postgraduate courses Doing Prison Research (D803), Youth Justice, Penality and Social Control (D864) and Community Safety, Crime Prevention and Social Control (D863).

Publications

Towards a global ‘child friendly’ juvenile justice? (2012-01)
Muncie, John and Goldson, Barry
International Journal of Law, Crime and Justice, 40(1) (pp. 47-64)


Illusions of difference: comparative youth justice in the devolved United Kingdom (2011-01-01)
Muncie, John
British Journal of Criminology, 51(1) (pp. 40-57)


The ‘punitive’ turn in juvenile justice: cultures of control and rights compliance in western Europe and the USA (2008)
Muncie, John
Youth Justice, 8(2) (pp. 107-121)


Governing Young People: coherence and contradiction in contemporary youth justice (2006-11-01)
Muncie, John
Critical Social Policy, 26(4) (pp. 770-793)


Rethinking youth justice: comparative analysis, international human rights and research evidence (2006-08-01)
Goldson, Barry and Muncie, John
Youth Justice, 6(2) (pp. 91-106)


Responsibilisation and rights: explorations in comparative youth criminology (2006-02)
Muncie, John
Howard Journal of Criminal Justice, 45(1) (pp. 42-70)


The globalization of crime control – the case of youth and juvenile justice: Neo-liberalism, policy convergence and international conventions (2005-02-01)
Muncie, John
Theoretical Criminology, 9(1) (pp. 35-64)


Policy transfers and 'what works': some reflections on comparative youth justice (2001-12)
Muncie, John
Youth Justice, 1(3) (pp. 27-35)


The permanent revolution: New labour, new public management and the modernization of criminal justice (2001-08-01)
McLaughlin, Eugene; Muncie, John and Hughes, Gordon
Criminology and Criminal Justice, 1(3) (pp. 301-318)


Youth and crime. 3rd edition (2009)
Muncie, John
ISBN : 978-1-84787-431-3 | Publisher : Sage | Published : London


Youth and crime. 2nd edition (2004-05-25)
Muncie, John
ISBN : 9780761944638 | Publisher : Sage Publications Ltd | Published : London, UK


Youth justice: in a child's best interests? (2013)
Muncie, John and Goldson, Barry
In: Simon, Jonathan and Sparks, Richard eds. The Sage Handbook of Punishment and Society (pp. 341-355)
ISBN : 978-1-84860-675-3 | Publisher : Sage | Published : London


On globalisation and exceptionalism (2011)
Muncie, John
In: Nelken, David ed. Comparative Criminal Justice and Globalisation. Advances in Criminology (pp. 87-106)
ISBN : 978-0-7546-7681-2 | Publisher : Ashgate | Published : Farnham


Comparative juvenile justice (2010-11)
Goldson, Barry and Muncie, John
In: Herzog-Evans, M. ed. Transnational Criminology Manual (pp. 429-448)
ISBN : 978-90-5850-5491 | Publisher : Wolf Legal Publishers | Published : Nijmegen


Labelling, social reaction and social constructionism (2010-07)
Muncie, John
In: McLaughlin, E. and Newburn, T. eds. The SAGE Handbook of Criminological Theory
ISBN : 9781412920384 | Publisher : Sage | Published : London


The United Nations, children's rights and juvenile justice (2009-10-06)
Muncie, John
In: Taylor, Wayne; Earle, Rod and Hester, Richard eds. Youth Justice Handbook: Theory, policy and practice (pp. 20-21)
ISBN : 1-843927-16-0 | Publisher : Willan | Published : Cullompton


Interrogating crime (2009-08)
Muncie, John; Talbot, Deborah and Walters, Reece
In: Muncie, John; Walters, Reece and Talbot, Deborah eds. Crime: Local and Global
ISBN : 978-1-84392-515-6 | Publisher : Willan Publishing | Published : Cullompton


Youth justice (2009-06-25)
Goldson, Barry and Muncie, John
In: Hucklesby, Anthea and Wahidin, Azrini eds. Criminal Justice (pp. 257-278)
ISBN : 978-0-19-921554-6 | Publisher : Oxford University Press | Published : Oxford, U.K.


The construction and deconstruction of crime (2009)
Muncie, John
In: Newburn, T ed. Key Readings in Criminology
ISBN : 978-184392-402-9 | Publisher : Willan | Published : Cullompton, Devon


Risk prediction, assessment and management (2009)
Drake, Deborah and Muncie, John
In: Drake, Deborah; Muncie, John and Westmarland, Louise eds. Criminal Justice: Local and Global (pp. 105-139)
ISBN : 9781843925132 | Publisher : Willan | Published : Cullompton


Interrogating criminal justice (2009)
Drake, Deborah; Muncie, John and Westmarland, Louise
In: Drake, Deborah; Muncie, John and Westmarland, Louise eds. Criminal Justice: Local and Global (pp. 1-35)
ISBN : 9781843925132 | Publisher : Willan | Published : Cullompton


Youth justice and the governance of young people; global, international, national and local contexts (2007)
Muncie, John
In: Venkatesh, Sudhir Alladi and Kassimir, Ronald eds. Youth, Globalization and the Law (pp. 17-60)
ISBN : 080475473X | Publisher : Stanford University Press | Published : Stanford, California, USA


Youth justice: globalisation and multi-modal governance (2004-01)
Muncie, John
In: Newburn, Tim and Sparks, Richard eds. Criminal Justice and Political Cultures: National and international dimensions of crime control (pp. 150-181)
ISBN : 1-843920-26-3 | Publisher : Willan | Published : Cullompton, UK


Criminological Perspectives (3rd ed.) (2013-02)
Muncie, John and McLaughlin, Eugene eds.
ISBN : 978-1-4462-0786-4 | Publisher : Sage | Published : London


The Sage Dictionary of Criminology (3rd ed.) (2012-10)
Muncie, John and McLaughlin, Eugene eds.
ISBN : 978-1-44620-082-7 | Publisher : Sage | Published : London


Youth Crime and Juvenile Justice: The Youth problem (2009-01)
Muncie, John and Goldson, Barry eds.
Sage Library of Criminology
ISBN : 978-1-84787-064-3 | Publisher : Sage | Published : London, UK


Youth Crime and Juvenile Justice: Juvenile Corrections (2009-01)
Muncie, John and Goldson, Barry eds.
Sage Library of Criminology
ISBN : 978-184787-064-3 | Publisher : Sage | Published : London, UK


Youth Crime and Juvenile Justice: Children's Rights and State Responsibilities (2009-01)
Muncie, John and Goldson, Barry eds.
Sage Library of Criminology
ISBN : 978-1-84787-064-3 | Publisher : Sage | Published : London, UK


Crime: Local and global (2009)
Muncie, John; Talbot, Deborah and Walters, Reece eds.
ISBN : 978-1-84392-515-6 | Publisher : Willan Publishing | Published : Uffculme


Criminal Justice: Local and Global (2009)
Drake, Deborah; Muncie, John and Westmarland, Louise eds.
ISBN : 9781843925132 | Publisher : Willan Publishing in association with the Open University | Published : Cullompton


Criminal Justice and Crime Control: Visions of Justice (2007-09)
Muncie, John ed.
ISBN : 978-1-4129-3054-3 | Publisher : Sage | Published : London, UK


Criminal Justice and Crime Control: State Punishment (2007-09)
Muncie, John ed.
ISBN : 978-1-4129-3054-3 | Publisher : Sage | Published : London, UK


Criminal Justice and Crime Control: Risk, Prevention and Security (2007-09)
Muncie, John ed.
ISBN : 978-1-4129-3054-3 | Publisher : Sage | Published : London, UK


Comparative youth justice (2006-05-15)
Muncie, John and Goldson, Barry
Muncie, John and Goldson, Barry eds.
ISBN : 1412911362 | Publisher : Sage Publications Ltd | Published : London, UK


Youth crime and justice (2006-05-15)
Goldson, Barry and Muncie, John eds.
ISBN : 9781412911375 | Publisher : Sage Publications Ltd | Published : London, UK


Comparative Youth Justice (2006-05-15)
Muncie, John and Goldson, Barry eds.
ISBN : 1 4129 1135 4 | Publisher : Sage Publications Ltd | Published : London, UK


Criminology Volume 2: The causes of crime (2006)
Muncie, John ed.
Sage Library of Criminology
ISBN : 9781412911658 | Publisher : Sage Publications Ltd | Published : London, UK


Criminology Volume 3: Radical and critical criminologies (2006)
Muncie, John ed.
Sage Library of Criminology
ISBN : 9781412911658 | Publisher : Sage Publications Ltd | Published : London, UK


The Sage Dictionary of Criminology (2nd ed.) (2006)
Muncie, John and McLaughlin, Eugene eds.
ISBN : 1 4129 1085 4 | Publisher : Sage | Published : London, Sage


Criminology Volume 1: The meaning of crime: Definition, representation and social construction (2005-11-18)
Muncie, John ed.
Sage Library of Criminology
ISBN : 9781412911658 | Publisher : Sage Publications Ltd | Published : London, UK


The SAGE Dictionary of Criminology. 2nd edition (2005-11-15)
McLaughlin, Eugene and Muncie, John
ISBN : 1412910854 | Publisher : Sage Publications Ltd | Published : UK


Student Handbook of Criminal Justice and Criminology (2004-06-15)
Muncie, John and Wilson, David eds.
ISBN : 9781859418413 | Publisher : Cavendish | Published : London, UK


Criminological perspectives: essential readings. 2nd edition (2002-11-20)
McLaughlin, Eugene; Muncie, John and Hughes, Gordon eds.
ISBN : 9780761941439 | Publisher : Sage Publications Ltd | Published : London, UK


Youth Justice: Critical readings (2002-03-27)
Muncie, John; Hughes, Gordon and McLaughlin, Eugene eds.
ISBN : 9780761949138 | Publisher : Sage | Published : London, UK