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 4/2015


Themenheft "Resilienz: affirmativ und kritisch" - Special Issue "Resilience: affirmative and critical"


This special issue of the Kriminologisches Journal presents papers and thoughts concerning the topic of "resilience". Resilience is one of the 'new' keywords (not only) of criminological and security research.







Editorial and Introduction (German)

Reinhard Kreissl


Governing the Unknown: Risik meets resilience (German)

Das Unbekannte regieren: Risiko trifft Resilienz

Mareille Kaufmann

In the current political discourse, risk and resilience feature as two different ways of governing the unknown. This article offers a conceptualization of both approaches and discusses their similarities and differences as two kinds of security governance. While both approaches share a clear orientation towards the future, a focus on safeguarding circulatory processes within society, as well as an integration of the citizen into security practices, the article also points to their differences in epistemology, ontology, temporality and the conceptualization of security. Where risk and resilience meet, so the article concludes, the periled citizen not only needs to act prudently and rationally in providing for her own insurance, but will have to be able to redefine herself and her own security in case of emergency.



Resilience as warfare: Interventions and the Militarization in Haiti and Somalia (English)

Louise Wiuff Moe/Markus-Michael Müller

This article analyzes the militarization of resilience-thinking within the context of international interventions in "fragile" or "failed" states. In analyzing the implementation of resilience-driven conunterinsurgency approaches in Haiti and Somalia, we demonstrate that the incorporation of resilience-thinking in bottom-up security efforts promoted by external actors interveining in "fragile states" produces a militarization of social relations.


Resilience and Resistance to Surveillance under the Austerity Regime in Greece 2010-2014 (English)

Minas Samatas

The focus of this article is on the resilience and resistance of the Greek people against the austerity regime and its surveillance systems during the 2010-2014 period and before the election of the leftist government. Thus, we first briefly present the "austerity surveillance" (AS) and its basic functions of grassing, naming, and shaming, which we have analyzed in detail elsewhere (Samatas 2015) and also the electronic surveillance like phone taps and electronic monitoring which supplements the AS. We record some indicative testimonies of some victims of the AS taken by a narrative methodology. Then we provide data on citizens and students´ surveillance attitudes, resilience and resistance, as well as popular resistance and solidarity movements. In our concluding remarks we make an assessment of the inefficiency and failure of AS in Greece compared to other coercive surveillance systems which also use citizens informers, explaining the reasons of its failure. Finally, we consider the electoral resistance of Greeks to the domestic and European austerity regime in relation with the efforts of the new leftist government.


Hartmut Aden: Police Cooperation in the European Union under the Treaty of Lisbon. Opportunities and Limitations. (Fritz Sack)

Peter Joyce and Neil Wain: Palgrave Dictionary of Public Order Policing, Protest and Political Violence. (Hartmut Aden)

Sudhir Venkatesh: Floating City. Gangster, Dealer, Callgirls und andere unglaubliche Unternehmer in New Yorks Untergrundökonomie (Jan Wehrheim)




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.