Call for Papers

Caribbean Perspectives on Criminology and Criminal Justice

Call for Book Chapters

A book edited by
Dr. Wendell C. Wallace
The University of the West Indies, St. Augustine

Publishers: Westphalia Press – in Two Volumes

Proposal Submission Deadline: January 15, 2018

Full chapters due: July 31, 2018


In a world of growing interdependence, crimes are no longer confined by regional or national boundaries. In this context, there is an increasing necessity to understand criminological developments throughout the Caribbean. This book aims to offer cross- cultural perspectives of different criminological issues in the Caribbean. The book emphasizes the collective understanding of criminological problems facing the Caribbean as well as possible solutions. This book will be the quintessence of contemporary criminological developments with a Caribbean ontology.

General Aim of the Book

The book aims to provide theoretical frameworks, methodologies and pragmatic discussions on criminology and criminal justice. It is intended for Academics, Criminal Justice professionals, Students, Practitioners, Policymakers and interested persons who want to improve their understanding of the challenges that arise when issues related to criminology and criminal justice cross national boundaries in the Caribbean. Overall, this book aims to answer the call for a Caribbean Criminology as espoused by Ken Pryce (1976) who pointed out that we “need to examine the reality of crime from a critical standpoint in the context of the Region’s history of capitalist repression and exploitation, and in terms of the Caribbean’s structural heritage of black working class styles of protest and modes of response to oppression through slavery down to the present stage of neo-colonialism” (p.5).

Target Audience

The target audience includes Academics, Criminal Justice professionals, and Graduate Students involved in the field of criminology and criminal justice. However, practitioners and academics of allied fields such as law, sociology, psychology, political science, public administration and forensic sciences whose research interests include either crime/criminal justice systems/law/legal systems/victim or crime analysis will also find the book useful.

In sum, because this two volume book touches on a wide variety of intersecting fields, a wide range of authorship is expected.

Recommended topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Bullying
  • Campus Security
  • Caribbean Legal Systems/Criminal Justice Systems reform
  • Caribbean Security/Insecurity
  • Crimes by and against children (including child abuse)
  • Cyber-crime
  • Crime Mapping/Crime Analysis and GIS
  • Crime prevention
  • Death Penalty
  • Deportation
  • Domestic violence
  • Fear of crime
  • Female offending
  • Food security
  • Gangs and Gang Crime
  • Gendered/racially motivated crime and crimes against LGBTQI populations
  • Homicide
  • Human trafficking
  • Juvenile Delinquency
  • Mediation and the Criminal Justice System
  • Organized crime/Transnational organized crime
  • Policing
  • Prisons (including Special Prison Populations)
  • Radicalization Issues confronting the Caribbean
  • Restorative justice
  • School violence/Violence against Teachers
  • School dropout and crime
  • Sexual assault
  • Sexual Discrimination in the Legal Profession
  • Sociological and psychological impacts of crime
  • Terrorism
  • Tourism and Crime
  • Victimology
  • White collar crime/Corporate crime

Submission procedure

Interested persons are invited to submit a one to two-page proposal clearly outlining their proposed  book  chapter(s)  on  or  before  January  15,  2018.  University  students are encouraged to submit proposals as each volume will contain a student section. Authors of submitted proposals will be notified by February 10, 2018 about the status of their proposals. Book chapter organizational guidelines will then be sent to authors of successful submissions. Full chapters are expected to be submitted by July 31, 2018. Final revised manuscripts will be due on October 31, 2018. All chapters will be double-blind peer- reviewed by at least two reviewers.

The proposal should clearly state the following: (1) the research topic, (2) proposed title, (3) the Caribbean context, (4) the concerns to be addressed, (5) the relation to criminology and criminal justice, (6) the authors’ name(s) and affiliation(s), (7) the email address of the corresponding author, (8) an abstract (no more than 250 words) and (9) any other information that is relevant in deciding whether the chapter is appropriate for the book.

Book  chapters  should  be  between  6,000  to  8,000  words  including  tables,  figures, appendices and references. Both theoretical and empirical submissions will be accepted. Final chapters must be original work that has not been published or under consideration for publication elsewhere. The latest version of American Psychological Association (APA) style must be followed for the references ( References should relate only to material cited within the manuscript and must be listed in alphabetical order, including author’s name, complete title of the cited work, title of the source, volume, issue, year of publication, and pages cited. Footnotes should not be used.

Electronic submissions will be accepted in MS Word format only. The book is scheduled to be published by Westphalia Press by December, 2018. Copyright of the contributed book chapters will remain with authors. Inquiries and submissions can be forwarded electronically (MS-Word document) to:

Dr. Wendell C. Wallace
Centre for Criminology and Criminal Justice
The University of the West Indies, St. Augustine
Trinidad and Tobago
Telephone: (868) 710-4688 / (868) 662-2002, Ext. 85278