Published date: 
Tuesday, August 10, 2021


The results of a survey of Australian and New Zealand Society of Criminology (ANZSOC) members of what they considered to be the publications “which most profoundly shaped criminological scholarship in Australia and New Zealand” over the fifty year period 1967-2017 show UNSW criminologists ranking highly.

The survey was in two stages, firstly asking ANZSOC members to nominate their top five most influential publications. The nominations were  reduced to a list of the top fifty. Members were then asked to vote for ten from that top 50, in order of preference.

Three UNSW criminologists featured in the peer choice of top ten. Russell Hogg and David Brown’s Rethinking Law and Order (1998) was ranked second to John Braithwaite’s Crime Shame and Reintegration (1989). Murray Lee and Alyce McGovern’s Policing and Media: Public Relations, Simulations and Communication (2014) was ranked ninth and Janet Chan’s Changing Police Culture : Policing in a Multicultural Society (1997) was ranked tenth.

Nine of the ten top ten ranked publications were books. Highly ranked journal articles outside the top ten included David Dixon’s ‘Why don’t the police stop crime?' ANZJC (2005) and Eileen Baldry and Chris Cunneen’s ‘Imprisoned Indigenous women and the shadow of colonial patriarchy.’ ANZJC (2014).

Ten of the fifty nominated publications were by UNSW criminologists. In order of year of publication these were:

Zdenkowski, G. and Brown, D. (1982) The Prison Struggle: Changing Australia’s Penal System, Ringwood: Penguin Books.

Chan, J. B. L. (1997) Changing Police Culture: Policing in a Multicultural Society, New York: Cambridge University Press.

Hogg, R. and Brown, D. (1998) Rethinking Law and Order, Annandale NSW: Pluto Press.

Brown, D. (2002)’ ‘Losing my religion’: Reflections on critical criminology in Australia’, in K. Carrington and R. Hogg (eds) Critical Criminology: Issues, Debates, Challenges. Cullompton: Willan Publishing, pp73-113.

Dixon, D. (2005) ‘Why don’t the police stop crime?’, ANZJC, 38(1): 4-24.

Baldry, E. and Cunneen, C. (2014) ‘Imprisoned Indigenous women and the shadow of colonial patriarchy’, ANZJC, 47(2): 276-98.

Lee, M. and McGovern, A. (2014) Policing and Media: Public Relations, Simulations and Communications, Abingdon: Routledge.

Milivojevic, S. and McGovern, A. (2014) ‘The death of Jill Meagher: Crime and punishment on social media’, International Journal for Crime, Justice and Social Democracy, 3(3): 22-39.

Crofts, T., Lee, M. McGovern, A. and Milivojevic, S. (2015) Sexting and Young People, London: Palgrave Macmillan.

Source: Tara Renae McGee, Li Eriksson, Ellen G. Cohn and David P. Farrington, Trends and Influences in Australian and New Zealand Criminology, in Russell Smith (ed) The changing face of criminology in Australia and New Zealand, London: Sage, 30-47.