Comprising fourteen articles by leading international contributors, including some of the most prominent socio-legal and criminological scholars working in the field, this volume is currently the only work available that critically examines W.G. Carson and his crucial influence in the turn towards sociological approaches to criminology and a criminological interest in governance and social control.
The 1970s witnessed an epiphany in the sociological understanding of crime in Britain. The correctional perspective, which assumed crimes had inherent or essential qualities that distinguished them from other acts, was superseded by the analysis of how social events came to be defined as so harmful and repugnant as to require criminalization. This shift in perspectives was exemplified in W.G. Carson’s work, which combines a Marxist acknowledgement of the imperative for profit with a symbolic interactionist attention to the restraining effect of prestige and status among producers and regulators.
This key work is an essential read for postgraduates and researchers studying and researching in the areas of criminology and law.
Table of Contents
1. The Shift from Crime to Governance in the Sociology of Law George Pavlich and Augustine Brannigan I. Are Occupational Health and Safety 'Crimes' really Criminal? 2. The Importance of Being Ambiguous: Theorizing White Collar Crime Fiona Haines and Adam Sutton 3. Are Occupational Health and Safety Crimes Hostage to History? An Australian Perspective Richard Johnstone 4. The Continuing Price of Britain’s Oil: Business Organization, Precarious Employment and Risk Transfer Mechanisms in the North Sea Petroleum Industry Charles Woolfson 5. Jurisprudential Miscegenation: Strict Liability and the Ambiguity of Crime Arie Freiberg 6. The Sociology of Compliance-Based Regulation: An Intellectual History Paul Rock II. Modalities of Governance, Social Control and Resistance 7. Symbolic and Instrumental Aspects of American Capital Punishment David Garland 8. The Law of Subaltern Discipline George Pavlich 9. A Genealogy of 'Fire Prevention' Pat O’Malley and Steven Hutchinson 10. Young People, Fire and Arson as Resistance Mike Presdee III. Crime, Community and Social Justice 11. The Politics of Community and the Problem of the 'Stranger' Gordon Hughes 12. Responding to Crimes Against International Law Dirk Van Zyl Smit 13. Restorative Justice in Post-Genocidal Rwanda: From Community to Citizenship as a Basis for Social Justice Augustine Brannigan 14. Embedded Criminology and Knowledges of Resistance Reece Walters
Augustine Brannigan is based at the University of Calgary. His main research interests include social psychology, crime and deviance, and the social organization of criminal justice. George Pavlich is based at the University of Alberta, Canada. His main research interests are social theory and law; socio-legal Studies, governance, restorative justice and theories of crime.