Book review: Crime, Justice and Social Order: Essays in Honour of A. E. Bottoms, Clarendon Studies in Criminology Liebling A, Shapland J, Sparks R, et al. (eds)

Published date01 April 2024
AuthorMike Hough
Date01 April 2024
Subject MatterBook review
Criminology & Criminal Justice
2024, Vol. 24(2) 507 –508
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Liebling A, Shapland J, Sparks R, et al. (eds) Crime, Justice and Social Order: Essays in Honour of
A. E. Bottoms, Clarendon Studies in Criminology, Oxford University Press: Oxford, 2022;
448 pp.: ISBN: 9780192859600, £87.00 (hardback)
Reviewed by: Mike Hough, Emeritus Professor, Birkbeck, University of London, UK
Writing a review of edited volumes is never easy, simply because of their range and
scope; covering a festschrift is harder, and to do so is harder still when the honour is
being accorded to one of the central figures of Anglophone criminology, Professor Sir
Anthony Bottoms. My own research career spans over 40 years, and throughout those
years Tony has always been a significant presence, first when I worked in the Home
Office as a researcher and research manager, and then when I directed an academic
research unit. I have always admired his work, and I have often followed in his footsteps,
for example, in exploring penal populism and issues of legitimacy in justice. I really
welcome this excellent volume in his honour.
The book comprises 14 chapters covering the full breadth of issues with which he has
engaged over his career. It starts with an affectionate appreciation of the man and his
work by the editors and a chapter drawing on conversations between Tony himself,
Richard Sparks and Caroline Lanskey. Both give a clear picture of Tony as a person. The
third (unusual for a festschrift) is a contribution by Tony himself: a revised version of his
2019 Valedictory Lecture, which elegantly summarises his career-long project of recon-
necting criminology and morality.
The remaining chapters, by some of his key collaborators and co-authors, cover: links
between philosophy and criminology (Jonathan Jacobs); stimulating experimental
research in policing (Peter Neyroud); the role of (public) criminology in effecting social
change (Ian Loader and Richard Sparks); the treatment and status of women with the
criminal justice system (Loraine Gelsthorpe); restorative justice and desistance (Joanna
Shapland); situational action theory (P-O Wikström); developing non-custodial sen-
tences (Antje du Bois-Pedain); penal populism (David Garland); penal legitimacy and
the role of research (Alison Liebling); rehabilitation, creative arts and penal reform
(Mike Nellis); and police self-legitimacy (Justice Tankebe).
The chapter by Jonathan Jacobs, located early in the book, offers a detailed analysis
of the philosophical underpinnings of Tony’s work. This helps the reader see more clearly
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