John Lea

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John Lea is a left realist criminologist based at the Crime and Conflict Research Centre, Middlesex University in the United Kingdom.

He graduated from the London School of Economics and Political Science, University of London with a BSc in Economics in 1967, before gaining MSc's in Economics and Social Policy there too.[1]

Lea was one of the key founders of the left realist approach alongside Jock Young, Roger Matthews, Richard Kinsey and Geoff Pearson, Collaborating with Jock Young on What is to be Done About Law and Order? (1984) and with Richard Kinsey and Jock Young on Losing the Fight Against Crime (1986).

He is currently Professor of Criminology at Middlesex University, and visiting Professor at the University of Brighton, where his research interests include policing, organised crime, business crime and the historical development of crime and criminal justice institutions.[1]

Publications and articles[edit]


  • Fine, B., Kinsey, R., Lea, J., Picciotto, S. & Young, J. (eds) (1979) Capitalism and the Rule of Law, London: Hutchinson


  • Lea, J. & Young, J. (1981) "The Riots in Britain 1981" In: Cowell, D., Jones, T. & Young, J. (eds) Policing the Riots, London: Junction
  • Lea, J. & Young, J. (1982) "Race and Crime", Marxism Today, August pg.38-39
  • Lea, J. & Young, J. (1984) What Is To Be Done About Law and Order — Crisis in the Eighties. Harmondsworth: Penguin. (Pluto Press revised edition: 1993) ISBN 0-7453-0735-3
  • Kinsey, R., Lea, J. & Young, J. (1986). Losing the Fight Against Crime. London: Blackwell. ISBN 0-631-13721-1
  • Lea, J. (1986) 'Police Racism: some theories and their policy implication' in Matthews, R. & Young, J. (eds) Confronting Crime, London: Sage Publications.
  • Jones, T., Lea, J. & Young, J. (1987) Saving the Inner City: The First Report of the Broadwater Farm Survey, London: Middlesex Polytechnic
  • Lea, J., Matthews, R. & Young, J. (1987) Law and Order: Five Years On, London: Middlesex Polytechnic, Centre for Criminology
  • Lea, J. (1987). "['Left Realism: A Defense']". Contemporary Crises 11: 357–370.  External link in |title= (help)
  • Lea, J., Jones, T., Woodhouse, T. & Young, J. (1989) Preventing Crime: The Hilldrop Environmental Improvement Survey, Enfield: Centre for Criminology, Middlesex Polytechnic
  • Painter, K., Lea, J., Woodhouse, T. & Young, J. (1989) The Hammersmith and Fulham Crime and Policing Survey, London: Middlesex Polytechnic, Centre for Criminology



  • Lea, J. (2002). Crime and Modernity: Continuities in Left Realist Criminology. London: Sage. ISBN 0-8039-7557-0


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