Local and Global
Edited by John Muncie, Deborah Talbot, Reece Walters
Willan – 2009 – 256 pages
Crime: Local and Global and its sister text Criminal Justice: Local and Global are two new teaching texts that aim to equip the reader with a critical understanding of the globally contested nature of 'crime' and 'justice'. Through an examination of key concepts and criminological approaches, the books illuminate the different ways in which crime is constructed, conceived and controlled. International case studies are used to demonstrate how 'crime' and 'justice' are historically and geographically located in terms of the global/local context, and how processes of criminalisation and punishment are mediated in contemporary societies.
Crime: Local and Global covers the way local events (such as prostitution) have wider aspects than previously thought. Links with people traffickers, international organised crime and violence cannot be ignored any longer. Each crime or area of activity selected within this text has a global reach, and is made ever more possible due to the way globalisation has opened up markets, both legitimate and illegitimate.
The book's approach and scope emphasises that we can no longer view 'crime' as something which occurs within certain jurisdictions, at certain times and in particular places. For example, the chapter on cybercrime highlights the 'illegal' acts that can be perpetrated by second lifers, anywhere in the world, but are they a crime?
'Finally, a text that reveals the new contours of crime and social harm- state terrorism, human trafficking, crimes against the environment and in cyberspace .. Intellectually demanding - yet student friendly.' Professor David Nelken Distinguished Professor, Cardiff Law school
'This book brings criminology into the twenty-first century. It masterfully blends the local and the global in a carefully edited volume that students will find simply fascinating. Each chapter critically analizes all sides of the issue at hand and uses various types of sources to engage students' interest. I commend the authors and editors on an excellent text.' Professor Rosemary Barbaret, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, New York'
The domain of criminology is changing very rapidly in this age of globalisation. Yet, there are still very few textbooks available that map out this new global criminological field on urban developments, cybercrime, human trafficking, corporate crime, eco crime and crimes against humanity as clearly, comprehensive and concise as Crime: Local and Global. An excellent course book.' Professor Rene van Swaaningen (Erasmus University, Rotterdam)
'This well referenced book is a must for readers interested in the shifting boundaries of modern society, who wish to engage in some original and challenging thinking. While the book is clearly designed for the third level student, it is highly accessible for the general reader. It iwll be interesting to see how society reacts to the issues posed in this book, and whether we can construct solutions which will give satisfactory outcomes.' - Maria O'Neill, University of Abertay Dundee, in SCOLAG Journal Dec 2010
'In addition to the subjects mentioned the book covers equally prominent global matters such as corporate crime, gender abuse and people trafficking. By placing the label of crime alongside concepts of harm, transgression, violence and power, we are invited to consider these topics within a framework of globalised criminology that challenges that notions and concepts of traditional criminology. There is more work to be done on defining what constitutes a global criminology and this volume is an important contributor to that debate.'
-Neil Stone, Wales Probation Trust, in EuroVista Journal vol 2, issue 1 2012
1. Interrogating crime, John Muncie, Deborah Talbot and Reece Walters 2. Global cities, segregation and transgression, Gerry Mooney and Deborah Talbot 3. Cybercrime, transgression and virtual environments, Sarah Neal 4. Gender abuse and people trafficking, Louise Westmarland 5. Crime, harm and corporate power, Steve Tombs and Dave Whyte 6. Eco-crime, Reece Walters 7. The state, terrorism and crimes against humanity, Penny Green
John Muncie is Professor of Criminology at The Open University.
Deborah Talbot is Lecturer in Criminology at The Open University.
Reece Walters is Professor of Criminology at The Open University.