Roger Matthews

Roger Matthews is a British criminologist. He is currently Professor of Criminology at London South Bank University.

Matthews is one of the key figures in left realism, a criminological critique of both the dominant administrative criminology and the left idealism associated with the criminologists around the National Deviancy Conference



  • Matthews, R. & Young, J. (eds) (1986) Confronting Crime, London: Sage Publications
  • Lea, J., Matthews, R. & Young, J. (1987) Law and Order: Five Years On, London: Middlesex Polytechnic, Centre for Criminology
  • Matthews, R. (1988) Informal Justice?, London: Sage
  • Matthews, R. (1988) Privatizing Criminal Justice, London: Sage
  • Matthews, R. (1988) 'Alternatives to and in Prison: a realist approach' In: Carlen, P. & Cook, D. eds. Paying For Crime, Milton Keynes: Open University Press


  • Matthews, R. & Young, J. (eds) (1992) Rethinking Criminology: The Realist Debate, (Sage Contemporary Criminology) London: Sage. ISBN 0-8039-8621-1
  • Matthews, R. & Young, J. (eds) (1992) Issues in Realist Criminology, (Sage Contemporary Criminology) London: Sage. ISBN 0-8039-8624-6
  • Matthews, R. and P.Francis (eds) (1996) Prisons 2000: An International Perspective on the Current State and Future of Imprisonment. Macmillan. ISBN 0-333-64480-8
  • Matthews, R. (1999) Doing Time: An Introduction to the Sociology of Imprisonment. Macmillan/Palgrave. ISBN 0-333-75231-7.


  • Matthews, R. and Pitts, J. (eds) (2001) Crime, Disorder and Community Safety: A New Agenda? Routledge.ISBN 0-415-24231-2
  • Matthews, R. (2002) Armed Robbery. Willan. ISBN 1-903240-60-3
  • Matthews, R. & Young, J. (2003) The New Politics of Crime and Punishment, Willan Publishing. ISBN 1-903240-91-3
  • Matthews, R. (2005) 'The myth of punitiveness', Theoretical Criminology, 9(2): 175–201
  • Matthews, R. Easton, H, Briggs, D. and Pease, K. (2007) Assessing The Use and Impact of Anti-Social Behaviour Orders. Policy Press. ISBN 978- 1-84742-052-7.
  • Matthews, R. (2008) Prostitution, Politics and Policy. Routledge-Cavendish. ISBN 978-0-415-45917-4.
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