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1st Edition

By Lucia Zedner


206 pages

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Just a decade ago security had little claim to criminological attention. Today a combination of disciplinary paradigm shifts, policy changes, and world political events have pushed security to the forefront of the criminological agenda. Distinctions between public safety and private protection, policing and security services, national and international security are being eroded. Post-9/11 the pursuit of security has been hotly debated not least because countering terrorism raises the stakes and licenses extraordinary measures. Security has become a central plank of public policy, a topical political issue, and lucrative focus of private venture but it is not without costs, problems, and paradoxes. As security governs our lives, governing security become a priority.

This book provides a brief, authoritative introduction to the history of security from Hobbes to the present day and a timely guide to contemporary security politics and dilemmas. It argues that the pursuit of security poses a significant challenge for criminal justice practices and values. It defends security as public good and suggests a framework of principles by which it might better be governed. Engaging with major academic debates in criminology, law, international relations, politics, and sociology, this book stands at the vanguard of interdisciplinary writing on security.

Table of Contents

Introduction Chapter 1: Semantics of Security Chapter 2: A brief History of Security Chapter 3: New Distributions of Security Chapter 4: Security, Crime, and Criminal Justice Chapter 5: Security as Industry Chapter 6: Security and Counter-terrorism Chapter 7: Governing Security

About the Author

Lucia Zedner is Professor of Criminal Justice at the Law Faculty, Centre for Criminology, and Corpus Christi College, University of Oxford, and Conjoint Professor, at the Law Faculty, University of New South Wales. Her most recent books are Criminal Justice (2004) and Crime and Security (2006, co-editor).

About the Series

Key Ideas in Criminology

Key Ideas in Criminology explores the major concepts, issues, debates and controversies in criminology. The series provides authoritative essays on central topics within the broader area of criminology. Each book adopts a strong individual ‘line’, constituting original essays rather than literature surveys and offers lively and agenda setting treatments of their subject matter.

These books will appeal to students, teachers and researchers in criminology, sociology, social policy, cultural studies, law and political science.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Criminology
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General