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State, Power, Crime

by Edited by Roy Coleman, Joe Sim, Steve Tombs and David Whyte - £30.99  SAGE Publications Ltd (2009)
paperback    ISBN 13: 9781412948050 | ISBN 10: 1412948053

Featuring contributions by many of the leading scholars in the field, this seminal text explores the key themes and debates on state power today, in relation to crime and social order. It critically evaluates a range of substantive areas of criminological concern, including terrorism, surveillance, violence and the media.
State, Power, Crime provides: historical overviews of key theories about state power; assessment of the relationship between crime, criminal justice and the state; analysis of the development of law and order policy; discussion of the impact of structural fissures such as gender, race and sexuality; an overview of current research and writing; critical reflection on the future direction of research and analysis; and, advice on further reading.
In 1978, with the publication of Hall et al's Policing the Crisis and Poulantzas' State, Power, Socialism, the complexity of the state's interventions in maintaining a capitalist social order were laid bare for critical criminological analysis. State, Power, Crime offers an up-to-date and comprehensive examination of the challenges posed by state power, in relation to both criminal and social justice.

"Following the outstanding introduction by the authors there are fifteen excellent original articles devoted to an integrated theory of the relationship between the state and crime. This work is on the cutting edge of critical criminology. It is a must read"
(William J. Chambliss, Professor of Sociology, The George Washington University, USA)
"This book is a superb compilation of original papers by an impressive roster of authors. While the articles cover a wide range of empirical issues, from Northern Ireland and corporate crime to youth crime and heterosexual hegemony they all explore the implications, strategies and mechanisms of state power. There isn't a weak paper here: all are extensively documented, well written, persuasive and scholarly in the very best sense"
(Professor Laureen Snider, Queens University, Canada.)
"State, Power, Crime is a hugely important book for these times. Bringing together some of the most original minds in criminology it offers a critical analysis of the state, how it constructs crime, responds to it and, at times, engages in the very same.The book is essential reading for anyone interested in justice, freedom and equality"
(Paddy Rawlinson, London School of Economics)

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