The Place of Rural in a Southern Criminology


A substantial proportion of the world’s population remains rural, despite decades of urbanisation. Further, most of this rural population lies south of the equator. Therefore, it is incumbent on the emerging fields of rural criminology and global southern criminology to mutually reinforce each other’s scholarly development. To this end, this article engages three selected issues associated with agriculture and food – agricultural victimisation, food security, and farmworker abuse and trafficking – and discusses them in terms of the advancement of a global southern criminology. The article concludes with acknowledgement of many more rural crime issues that have particular salience to the global South and warns of new dangers in the development of hegemonic binaries (Carrington, Hogg and Sozzo 2016) and homogenous categories of knowledge (Connell 2007) if they fail to inform each other.

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Published: 2017-03-01
Pages:118 to 132
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Donnermeyer, J. F. (2017) “The Place of Rural in a Southern Criminology”, International Journal for Crime, Justice and Social Democracy, 6(1), pp. 118-132. doi: 10.5204/ijcjsd.v6i1.384.

Author Biography

The Ohio State University
 United States

Joseph F. Donnermeyer is a Professor Emeritus in the School of Environment and Natural Resources at The Ohio State University. He is regarded as one of the world's leading experts on rural criminology.  He is the co-author of "Rural Criminology" (2014) with Walter DeKeseredy, and is the editor of "The Routledge International Handbook of Rural Criminology."  In preparation is the "Criminology of Food and Agriculture" (1917).  The publisher for all three books is Routledge.