1st Edition

The Criminalisation of Stalking Constructing the Problem and Evaluating the Solution

By Emily Finch Copyright 2001
    368 Pages
    by Routledge

    First published in 2001, The Criminalisation of Stalking fills a much-needed gap by drawing upon a range of methodologies to present a thorough and comprehensive examination of the way in which stalking became perceived as a pressing and prevalent social problem in need of legal intervention, as well as providing a critical evaluation of the efficacy and sufficiency of the legal responses.

    Essentially this book has two main objectives- first, to provide a comprehensive account of the process by which stalking came to be regarded as a significant social problem which merited legal intervention and to evaluate that response. And secondly, to situate this within a wider theoretical context which addresses the role of the criminal law in dealing with social problems and the boundaries of criminalization. This illustrates how a detailed consideration of a particular issue can inform wider debate and provide a unique perspective on existing theoretical material. This socio-legal perspective facilitates the use of a range of methodologies to challenge the existing conceptualization of stalking and to present a wider range of potential solutions to this complex social problem. This is a must read for scholars and researchers of criminology.

    Acknowledgements Table of Cases Table of Legislation 1. What is Stalking? 2. The Characteristics of Stalking 3. The Social Construction of Stalking 4. Remedies Prior to the Protection from Harassment Act 1997 5. Judicial Expansion of the Law 6. The Protection from Harassment Act 1997 7. An Evaluation of The Legal Response to Stalking Appendix I: Case Histories Appendix II: First Contact Information Bibliography Index


    Emily Finch is a criminologist and criminal lawyer with extensive experience in criminological research. Her first book The Criminalisation of Stalking won a Cavendish Book Prize in 2001.