This chapter focuses on the problem of persuasion in criminology. Neither David Garland's Foucault-inspired definition of criminology, nor Hans Boutellier's definition of criminology as a reflexive policy science, is used when writing about this persuasive criminology. Instead, the author agrees with Sutherland that the scope of criminology includes the study of the processes of making laws, of breaking laws, and of reacting to the breaking of laws. Questions related to punishment and penal change are at the centre of such criminology. It is noted that an anti-political criminology needs to be constantly on its guard for challenges coming from both sides—the political and the apolitical—in order to preserve a legitimate and productive place in the public debate.
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