Macrocriminology and Freedom argues that when freedom is interpreted as freedom from domination, it becomes a powerful explanation of crime at the macro level. This republican, social democratic theory refines some of criminology’s central theories and sharpens their relevance to all varieties of freedom. The work can be reduced to one sentence: Strengthen freedom to prevent crime, prevent crime to strengthen freedom. With some reference to Manuel Eisner’s work, this lecture goes beyond the book to consider how and why crime varies across time, why Europe and Asia are the low crime continents today, why South America and Africa are high crime continents (and how they might liberate themselves from that circumstance). The book is available for free download at:https://press.anu.edu.au/publications/series/peacebuilding-compared/macrocriminology-and-freedom
John Braithwaite is best known for his work on restorative justice, responsive business regulation, and peacebuilding. In July, he starts work as a Visiting Professor in Criminology at the University of Maryland and is Emeritus and Founder of the School of Regulation and Global Governance (RegNet) ,and with Heather Strang of the Centre for Restorative Justice, at the Australian National University. In this lecture he will discuss his new book, Macrocriminology and Freedom, available for free download here https://press.anu.edu.au/publications/series/peacebuilding-compared/macrocriminology-and-freedom. Braithwaite’s work draws on his experience as an activist in the politics of a number of social movements.