Getoš Kalac, A.-M., Albrecht, H.-J., & Kilchling, M. (Eds.). (2014). Mapping the Criminological Landscape of the Balkans : A Survey on Criminology and Crime with an Expedition into the Criminal Landscape of the Balkans (Vol. BC 1) Schriftenreihe des Max-Planck-Instituts für ausländisches und internationales Strafrecht : Publications of the Max Planck Partner Group for Balkan Criminology. Berlin: Duncker & Humblot.
For the first time, this volume brings together experts in the fields of criminology, criminal law and criminal justice from across the Balkans, to discuss the state of the art of criminology and current crime trends in a region that has thus far largely been neglected by European criminological research. The first chapter analytically describes and defines the Balkan region, not only as a unique historical region, but also as a religious and legal territory, as well as a region of migration and violence and a criminological region sui generis. These facts are used to explore and promote the likely benefits of a coherent regional criminological research approach – with the long-term goal of creating a sustainable ‘criminological landscape’. Contributions from all members of the Balkan Criminology Network – Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro, Romania, Serbia, Slovenia and Turkey – then provide an in-depth overview of facts and background information about criminological education and research and data about crime, general crime trends, and current crime and criminal justice challenges. The final chapter presents selected research projects from the actual research agenda of the Max Planck Partner Group for Balkan Criminology (MPPG). This selection makes the book an essential reader for anyone interested in the current criminological setting of the Balkans and an excellent starting point for regional or country specific crime research.