The “Kriminologisches Journal” (KrimJ) is a quarterly scientific journal which is published by Beltz-Juventa. The journal features original scientific articles, discussion papers, practice and research reports on criminological theory and practice in German and English language. The thematic focus is on critical approaches to the structures and measures of social control bodies. All manuscripts undergo selective editorial and peer-review assessment prior to acceptance for publication. The peer-review process is strictly anonymous.

The “Kriminologisches Journal” is available both in print and online. Single issues and subscriptions are available at Beltz Juventa.

Issue 4/2019


Issue 4/2019











Full Papers

Renitenz als Resistenz - Zur nationalsozialistischen Konstruktion und Verfolgung von „Berufsverbrechern“(German)

Renitence as resistance. On the National Socialist construction of "professional criminals"

Andreas Kranebitter

Current debates about the extension of police powers in Germany forget about the “preventive fight against crime” in National Socialism. From the perspective of the labeling approach, the process of labeling “professional criminals” will be examined on the basis of a quantitative evaluation of the criminal records of 146 so called “professional criminals” who were deported to the Mauthausen concen - tration camp by the Criminal Police. The conviction stories and criminal offenses taken into focus show that “preventative crime control” in National Socialism focused on the delinquent milieus of small-scale property offenses in connection with convictions because of civil disobedience, with the National Socialist state taking renitence for resistance


Entgrenzung von Devianz? Kritische Überlegungen zu moralisierenden Kategorien im japanischen Devianzverständnis (German)

The dissolution of deviance? Critical Reflections on Moralizing Categories in the Japanese Understanding of Deviance

Stephanie Osawa

This article focuses on conceptions of deviant behavior in Japan. From an interac - tionist point of view, it examines the phenomenon of “pre-delinquency” and its moralizing normative regulations. At the center of interest are processes of the definition and interpretation of certain behaviors as deviant; therefore, the article examines how moralizing normative regulations are embodied in law and how these categorizations shape processes of social control. The article shows that concepts such as “immoral” and “dubious” lead to blurring boundaries of socially accepted behavior and hence result in highly stigmatizing and thus problematic processes of social control.


Discussion Papers

Die Empirie von Ausnahmezuständen. Grenzziehungen zwischen Demokratierettung und Normalisierung (German)

The empirical dimensions of state of exceptions. Between recovering democracy and normalization

Matthias Lemke

States of exception can be understood as complex social processes of crisis reac - tion consisting of legal and political elements. An appropriate, empirically based understanding requires a multidimensional approach focusing mainly on a long- term analysis of public discourse. Such an approach will help to better understand the circumstances, ways and conditions under which a specific practice of state of exception undermines democracy


Ausnahmezustände: Die Eiche und das Schilfrohr der Rechtswissenschaften. Kann ein Begriff zugleich verformbar und zerbrechlich sein? (German)

States of Exception: The Oak and the Reed of Jurisprudence. Can a term be both deformable and fragile?

Fabien Jobard

This essay is a discussion contribution to the article by Andrea Kretschmann and Aldo Legnaro (2018) on the concept of state of emergency. It consists of a short discussion of their proposal to transform the term “state of emergency” into the plural “states of emergency”. I am referring here to empirical considerations on the state of emergency in France, which was declared there from 2015 to 2017.

Conference Reports

„Mauer(n)!“ Bericht über die Konferenz des Netzwerks Kriminologie Berlin am 01.12.2018 an der Freien Universität Berlin (Knop/Kroupa/Mika/Nickels/Rotino/Tanz/Wegner)

Diskurs – Praxis – Kriminalität. Erste Jahrestagung des Netzwerks „Kriminologie in NRW“ vom 27.-29. März 2019 an der Universität Siegen (Addamo/Blum/Dobbener/Grebing/Simon/Topaktas)


Book Reviews

Veronika Hofinger: Die Konstruktion des Rückfalltäters. Von Lombroso bis zu den Neurowissenschaften (Wehrheim)

Ueli Hostettler/Irene Marti/Marina Richter: Lebensende im Justizvollzug. Gefangene, Anstalten, Behörden (Graebsch)

Meropi Tzanetakis/Heino Stöver (Hg.): Drogen, Darknet und Organisierte Kriminalität. Herausforderungen für Politik, Justiz und Drogenhilfe (Legnaro)





Open-Access publications

Open Access publications

From issue 1/2022 onwards all English-language papers published in the Kriminologisches Journals will be made available as open access papers. The papers can be downloaded from the publisher's homepage or via content-select. Additionally the download links can be found if you click on the respective issues.

German papers can also be published via open access within the framework of the usual conditions of our publisher Beltz Juventa.

Changes on the Editorial Board

New editors-in-chief of the Kriminologisches Journal

As of Issue 2/2021the position of editor-in-chief passed over from Meropi Tzanetakis to Christine Graebsch and Jens Puschke.

Drugs and Digital Technologies

Call for Abstracts for a special issue of the KrimJ

Illicit drug markets are undergoing a significant transformation: digital technologies have a profound influence on how illicit drugs are accessed, and they have also changed information- sharing about drugs. In addition, the proliferation of information and communication technologies has changed law enforcement activity. Digitalisation also comes with rapid changes in communicative environments across time and geographic location. While online forums and other internet resources have massively increased the amount of available information and discourse on psychoactive substances for more than two decades, mobile phones, encrypted platforms, cryptocurrencies, social media and messaging applications have recently diversified the ways in which illicit drugs are distributed. This diversity includes hybrid forms of distribution, e.g. using social media applications to make physical appointments.


New Editorial Board

New Editors of the Kriminologisches Journal

As of January 1st 2021 the Editorial Board of the Kriminologisches Journal consists of Prof. Dr. Jens Puschke LL.M, Dr. Meropi Tzanetakis, Dr. Simon Egbert, Prof. Dr. Christine Graebsch, Prof. Dr. Dörte Negnal und Dr. Bernd Werse.