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Comparative Criminology in Asia

  • Jianhong Liu
  • Max Travers
  • Lennon Y.C. Chang
  • Explores the issue of comparison, drawing on theories from Western and Asian perspectives

  • Compares and contrasts theoretical traditions in quantitative and qualitative research

  • Provides research data and cases from a wide range of Asian countries, not often published in English


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Jianhong Liu, Max Travers, Lennon Y. C. Chang
    Pages 1-10
  3. Why Compare? Asian Countries, the West and Comparative Criminology

  4. Quantitative Comparisons

  5. Interpretive Questions

  6. Making Comparisons

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 131-133
    2. Lennon Y. C. Chang
      Pages 135-148
    3. Arinori Kawamura
      Pages 149-164
    4. Jianhong Liu, Max Travers, Lennon Y. C. Chang
      Pages 185-201
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 203-206

About this book


This edited volume presents the diversity of comparative criminology research in Asia, and the complex theoretical and methodological issues involved in conducting comparative research. With contributors both from the West and the East exploring these questions, the Editors have created a balanced resource, as well as set an agenda for future research.

The increasing pace of globalization means that researchers should be armed with an understanding of how criminal justice systems work across the world. In the past, comparative research largely compared Western countries to each other, or involved researchers from a Western perspective examining an Asian country, with models and theories developed in the West considered to have universal applications. This work aims to correct that gap, by providing a critical examination of comparative research, presenting quantitative and qualitative research data, and asking new questions that challenge prevailing research norms and p

rovide an agenda for future research. This work will be of interest for researchers across the field of Criminology, particularly those with an interest in International and Comparative Research, research on or about Asia, and related disciplines such as Sociology, Demography, and Social Policy.


International and Comparative Criminology Asian Criminology Criminal Justice in Asia Quantitative Criminology Restorative Justice Cybercrime Gender and Criminal Justice Capital Punishment Policing

Editors and affiliations

  • Jianhong Liu
    • 1
  • Max Travers
    • 2
  • Lennon Y.C. Chang
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of SociologyUniversity of MacauTaipa, MacauChina
  2. 2.School of Social SciencesUniversity of TasmaniaHobartAustralia
  3. 3.School of Social SciencesMonash UniversityClaytonAustralia

About the editors

Professor Jianhong Liu is a Professor at University of Macau. He is the winner of 2016 American Society of Criminology’s “Freda Adler Distinguished Scholar Award”. Prof Liu is the author, editor-in-chief, or co-editor of about 30 books. He has published 100 papers including journal articles and book chapters. He is currently the elected President of the Scientific Commission of the International Society for Criminology (since 2014), the chairman of the General Assembly of the Asian Criminological Society (2016-), and a member of the steering committee of Campbell Collaboration’s Crime and Justice Group (since 2009). Professor Liu was the Founding President of Asian Criminological Society (from 2009 to 2015). He is also the editor-in-chief of the Asian Journal of Criminology< (Springer Publishing), the editor of “Springer Series on Asian Criminology & Criminal Justice Research”, and a member of the editorial boards of more than 20 international academic jou

rnals, including British Journal of Criminology.

Max Travers is a senior lecturer in the School of Social Sciences at the University of Tasmania. Max qualified as a solicitor in the United Kingdom in 1988, before completing a PhD in sociology at the University of Manchester. He lectured in sociology and criminology at the University of Plymouth, and Buckinghamshire New University, before moving to the University of Tasmania in 2003. His doctoral research, published as The Reality of Law (1997), was an ethnomethodological investigation into the practical work of defence lawyers. He has published studies about the work of judicial officers in immigration appeals tribunals and children’s courts, and is currently researching bail decision making. He has written textbooks on qualitative research methods and sociology of law, and a monograph about the rise of quality assurance as a new form of regulation.

Lennon Y.C. Chang is a lecturer i

n Criminology in the School of Social Sciences at Monash University. Dr. Chang is interested in researching crime and governance of cyberspace – cybercrime, cyber terrorism and cyber warfare. He is particularly interested in the regulation and governance of cyberspace in the Asia-Pacific region. His book Cybercrime in the Greater China Region: Regulatory Responses and Crime Prevention (Edward Elgar, 2012) is about the nature and range of responses to cybercrime between China and Taiwan. His professional interest in China continues and he is currently researching on-line vigilantism in China. He was also undertaking research into cybercrime and cyber-deviance among Hong Kong juveniles. Dr. Chang was awarded his PhD by the Australian National University. He has a Masters in Criminology and Bachelor in Law degrees from National Taipei University, Taiwan.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Comparative Criminology in Asia
  • Editors Jianhong Liu
    Max Travers
    Lennon Y.C. Chang
  • Series Title Springer Series on Asian Criminology and Criminal Justice Research
  • Series Abbreviated Title Springer Series on Asian Criminology and Criminal Justice Research
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing AG 2017
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Law and Criminology Law and Criminology (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-319-54941-5
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-319-85527-1
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-319-54942-2
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XI, 206
  • Number of Illustrations 4 b/w illustrations, 1 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Criminology and Criminal Justice, general
    Asian Politics
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