• Publication Date: March 22, 2007
  • EAN: 9781862876354
  • 224 pages; 6" x 8⅝"
Filed Under: Criminology

Crime in Rural Australia


Product Description

Contemporary rural crime is more varied and sophisticated than it once was. The new forms range from agricultural crimes, such as the theft of water designated for agricultural production, to environmental crimes such as the illegal dumping of waste. They take place side by side with “traditional” rural crimes such as cattle duffing while “urban” crimes such as drug and alcohol abuse and violent assaults are also prevalent, and on the rise.

Crime in Rural Australia covers them all. It brings together leading academics who examine the major dimensions of crime and justice in rural and regional Australia including:

the extent of rural crime

farm crime


juvenile crime


Indigenous crime and justice

crime prevention


fear of crime, and

sentencing and punishment.

It includes vignettes on rural policing and the stock squad from the perspectives of the NSW police.

An ideal text for rural crime and criminology courses, Crime in Rural Australia will also be of interest to criminal justice practitioners, policy-makers, and criminology scholars.

Three of the editors, Dr Elaine Barclay, Dr John Scott and Associate Professor Russell Hogg, are associated with the Centre for Rural Crime at the University of New England. Professor Joseph F. Donnermeyer is the International Research Co-ordinator for the Rural Crime Centre and is a leading US scholar on rural crime at Ohio State University.


David E Gray


John Scott, Russell Hogg, Elaine Barclay and Joseph F. Donnermeyer

Part 1: Theoretical and Methodological Perspectives on Rural Crime

Locating Rural Crime: The Role of Theory

Joseph F Donnermeyer

Crime in Rural and Regional Areas

Kerry Carrington

Community and Crime in Rural Australia

Elaine Barclay and Joseph F Donnermeyer

Part 2: Issues In Rural Criminology

Farm Victimisation: The Quintessential Rural Crime

Elaine Barclay and Joseph F Donnermeyer

The Stock Squad

Bron Steele and Michael Burns

Alcohol and Drug Problems in Rural and Regional Australia

Melissa Bull

Youth Programs

Bernie Shakeshaft

Violence and the Architecture of Rural Life

Kerry Carrington

Young People and Crime in Rural Communities

Elaine Barclay, Russell Hogg and John Scott

Part 3: Policy and the Administration of Justice

Fear, Law and Order and Politics: Tales of Two Rural Towns

Murray Lee

Policing in Rural Australia: The Country Cop as Law Enforcer and Local Resident

John Scott and Patrick C Jobes

Rural Policing

Steve Bradshaw

Crime, Justice and Indigenous People

Chris Cunneen

Crime Prevention and Rural Communities

Melissa Bull

Punishment and the Courts in Rural Communities

Russell Hogg

A View from the Bench

David Heilpern

References / Index

Overall, Crime in Rural Australia is an important addition to the literature. It is an immensely readable and succinct insight into a topic that often gains limited attention in urban communities and in the study of criminal law practice and criminology generally. The topic offers a fertile ground for further study. – Alternative Law Journal ,Vol 32(3), September 2007

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