The Theoretical Contributions of Asian Criminology in Reconstructing Criminology


A recent primary development in criminology is a growing recognition that there has been Western domination in knowledge production and dissemination. The imbalance of knowledge in criminology is a significant weakness of the discipline. Prominent scholars have called for the decolonisation of criminological knowledge to correct this bias. Asian criminology and Southern criminology are the latest developments and promising forces in decolonising criminology (Liu 2018; Moosavi 2018). One of Asian criminology’s exceptional contributions to the current decolonisation movement is its significant theoretical achievements. This paper reviews theoretical efforts in Asian criminology and the theoretical innovation of the theoretical works, particularly those developed by Liu (Liu 2014; 2016; 2017; 2021a; 2022; 2023). It shows how theory development in criminology can gain insights from observations based on Asian contexts. The paper provides an update on these developments and their contributions to the reconstruction of criminology.

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Published: 2023-10-04
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Yu, P. and Liu, J. (2023) “The Theoretical Contributions of Asian Criminology in Reconstructing Criminology”, International Journal for Crime, Justice and Social Democracy. doi: 10.5204/ijcjsd.2950.

Author Biographies

University of Macau

Pin Yu is an elected board member of the Macau Society of Criminology. She is on the Board of Directors of the Lingnan Institute of Social Policy in Zhuhai, China, and also serves as secretary of the Asian Criminological Society. She is currently a PhD candidate in the Faculty of Law at the University of Macau. Her research interests include delinquency; community correction; comparative study of crime, and criminal justice.

Jianhong Liu is a Distinguished Professor in the Faculty of Law at the University of Macau. He earned his Ph.D. from the State University of New York at Albany in 1993. He is the winner of the 2016 “Freda Adler Distinguished Scholar Award” of the American Society of Criminology, DIC, and the winner of the 2018 “Gerhard O.W. Mueller Award for Distinguished Contributions to International Criminal Justice”, ACJS International Section.  He is the Founding and Honorary President of the Asian Criminological Society. His primary research interests are crime and justice in Asia, criminal justice theory, and comparative criminology. Prof Liu has published more than 180 academic publications.