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Portrait David Brehm Sausdal. Photo: Johan Persson.

David Sausdal

Associate professor | Associate senior lecturer

Portrait David Brehm Sausdal. Photo: Johan Persson.

Global Crime Ethnographies : Three Suggestions for a Criminology That Truly Travels


  • Henrik Vigh
  • David Sausdal


  • Bucerius Sandra
  • Kevin Haggerty
  • Luca Berardi

Summary, in English

This chapter proposes a novel ethnographic approach to global crime/criminology—an approach centered on the following four main points: (1) an attentiveness to how global dynamics afford criminal flows and transnational figurations; (2) a theoretical and methodological sensibility that moves beyond methodological nationalism; (3) a research design that follows criminal flows, rather than merely investigating their starting, middle, or endpoints; and (4) an approach that takes flows to constitute the spatial criminal(ized) phenomena being research, rather than being epiphenomenal to such crime. In criminology, looking at a growlingly globalized world of crime and criminalization, there have been increasing calls for a globalization of criminological methods and theories—or for a “criminology that travels.” With such calls in mind, following the four points may be what is needed to make criminology sufficiently itinerant in a global day and age.


  • Department of Sociology

Publishing year





The Oxford Handbook of Ethnographies of Crime and Criminal Justice

Document type

Book chapter


Oxford University Press


  • Sociology (excluding Social Work, Social Psychology and Social Anthropology)




  • ISBN: 9780190904500