Crime and Conflict in the Countryside

Edited by Gavin Dingwall and Susan R. Moody

Edited by Gavin Dingwall and Susan R. Moody

Distributed for University of Wales Press

210 pages | 9-3/10 x 6 | © 1999
Cloth $75.00 ISBN: 9780708315101 Published June 1999 For sale in North and South America, Australia, and New Zealand only

The simplistic concept of two contrasting communities, the crime-ridden urban areas and the crime-free countryside, is an enduring one in criminology. This ground-breaking collection of essays challenges that concept and aims to stimulate debate about a major gap in contemporary criminological research.


Although the impact of environmental factors on criminality has long been acknowledged, criminology has concentrated almost exclusively on urban crime, while disregarding crime and criminal justice in a rural setting. This volume combines crime surveys, empirical case studies and theoretical analyses to provide the most comprehensive examination of rural crime available in the United Kingdom. It discusses the complexities and implications of sociological, geographic and demographic phenomena in the rural context, arguing that, in addition to the differences between rural and urban crime, there are also significant variations in crime within rural areas, and that criminological theory should take spatial patterns into account.


Crime and Conflict in the Countryside is a timely and important book which represents an original and significant contribution to criminological knowledge.


Paul Wiles, Foreword

Gavin Dingwall and Susan R. Moody, Introduction. ‘Mean Streets Myopia: Challenging Criminology’s Boundaries

Susan R. Moody, Rural Neglect: The Case Against Criminology

Ciaran McCullagh, Rural Crime in the Republic or Ireland

Simon Anderson, Crime and Social Change in Rural Scotland

Laurence Koffman, Crime in Rural Wales

Kevin Stenson and Paul Watt, Crime, Risk and Governance in a Southern English Village

Gavin Dingwall, Justice by Geography: Realizing Criminal Justice in the Countryside

Daniel Gilling and Harriet Pierpoint, Crime Prevention in Rural Areas

Richard Hester, Policing ‘New Age Travellers’: Conflict and Control in the Countryside?

Pam Davies, The Probation Service in a Rural Area: Problems and Practicalities

Brian Williams, Rural Victims of Crime

Jill Peay, De Profundis: Criminology at the Water’s Edge.

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