About the Journal

Focus and Scope

We live in a society which is faced with a set of truly monumental and ever-emerging social crises. Systemic, symbolic, and intersubjective forms violence; climate change; mass migration; extreme global and domestic inequality; digital intrusion into our private lives; political division; exploitation; slavery; mutating global criminal markets; corruption; widespread depression and anxiety. All these issues (and many more) are an established feature of the present order.

These problems are real. Some of them are new problems and some of them are more long-standing. But they are all happening in a world that is in flux at the deepest political, economic, socio-cultural, and technological levels. Political events and changes, economic crashes, an impending industrial revolution, and a global pandemic whose effects will be felt for decades to come mean that we are witnessing the end of the ‘end of history’, and have been for some time. We are at a unique moment in history, and we cannot passively fall back on the theoretical frameworks, concepts, and thought paradigms that have dominated criminology and the social sciences for so long, and which were conceived in a world far different to the one we occupy. These problems require a space for diverse and innovative thought and research which challenges and seeks dialogue with the dominant theoretical, philosophical, political, and empirical assumptions of our discipline, and provides new accounts and explanations of the social world as it exists right now. This journal hopes to provide such a space. We are committed to viewpoint diversity and free, honest, and open debate irrespective of personal and political views.

The Journal of Contemporary Crime, Harm, and Ethics publishes biannual thematic issues on topics around crime, social harm, justice, and ethics written from the perspectives of criminology, zemiology, anthropology, moral and political philosophy, critical theory, and the humanities more broadly. Please make sure you have read the call for papers for each thematic issue to ensure that your proposed submission fits with the theme of the issue. In addition, however, individual articles, essays, and book reviews which go beyond the scope of these thematic issues are welcomed and will be published at any time.

Open Access Policy

This journal provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge.

This journal does not charge APCs or submission charges.

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Journal History

Journal of Contemporary Crime, Harm, and Ethics is an international, peer-reviewed, inter-disciplinary open-access journal that publishes articles, commentary essays, and debates on the contemporary social realities of crime, social harm, and justice written from the perspectives of criminology, zemiology, anthropology, moral and political philosophy, critical theory, and the humanities more broadly.