Crime control has risen rapidly up the social and political agendas to become a central feature of western societies. As inequalities in society have increased, so the actual and perceived risks of crime and other social ills have grown rapidly for all sections of society. Crime has become a central issue to governments, and no longer just a technical operation of law enforcement and adjudication.
This book is concerned with issues arising from these developments. Top criminologists from Britain, the USA and Australia explore the links between crime and risk through a range of themes, from the depiction of crime in the media to the dilemmas of policing, to the new punitiveness of criminal justice systems and the custodial warehousing of the poor and excluded. Crime, Risk and Justice will be of interest to students, academics and practitioners with an interest in crime and crime control and the place they have in modern society.
Table of Contents
1. Introduction: a guide to the chapters Part 1: Crime, Liberalism and Risk 1. The new politics of crime control, Kevin Stenson 2. The schizophrenic state: neo-liberal criminal justice, Robert R. Sullivan Part 2: Community initiatives and risk 3. Risk and correctional practice, Todd Clear and Eric Cadora 4. Crime control and advanced liberal government: the 'third way' and the return of the local, Kevin Stenson and Adam Edwards Part 3: Policing and the risk society 5. Risk, crime and prudentialism revisited, Pat O'Malley 6. Loose connections and new directions: Neo-liberalism, new public managerialism and the modernisation of policing in Britain, Eugene McLaughlin and Karim Murji Part 4: Criminal Justice and Risk 7. 'Entitlement to cruelty': the end of welfare and the punitive mentality in the United States, Jonathan Simon 8. Punishment, rights and difference: defending justice in the risk society, Barbara Hudson Part 5: The media, crime and risk 9. Casino Culture: Media and crime in a winner-loser society, Robert Reiner, Sonia Livingstone and Jessica Allen 10. 'Bringing it all back home': populism, media coverage and the dynamics of locality and globality in the politics of crime control, Richard Sparks 11. American television, crime and the risk society, Philip Green
Kevin Stenson is Professor of Criminology, and Head of the Centre for Criminology, at Middlesex University, UK.
Robert Sullivan is Professor Emeritus of Political Science at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice, City University New York, USA.