The Blackwell Companion to Criminology / Edition 1

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The Blackwell Companion to Criminology provides a contemporary and global resource to scholarship in both classical and topical areas of criminology. Authored by an international group of expert criminologists, these original essays focus on major issues in criminology today, commenting upon key debates and theories, outlining the implications of new topics, studies and ideas, and discussing contemporary developments.

Written accessibly for the student, and with its international perspective and first-rate scholarship, this is truly the first global handbook of criminology.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"A cosmopolitan collection characterized by freshness of perspective. Critical sociological insight on crime at its best."
John Braithwaite, Australian National University

"If The Blackwell Companion to Criminology is read widely and carefully, and absorbed thoroughly – as it most certainly should be – it will shake criminology out of its intellectual sloth and parochialism."
Gilbert Geis, University of California

"The Blackwell Companion to Criminology is a comprehensive reference work designed for those interested in the study of crime, and its causes, effects, trends, and institutions... Taken together, this edited book is a welcome contribution, and essential reading for those studying elements of criminology and criminal justice."
The Howard Journal of Criminal Justice

"Many of these essays are brimming with powerful reasoning and vitally informative details … Strengths lie in the analyses of such topics as modern genocide, juvenile crime, female offenders, elite offenders, international outlaw networks, globalization effects on crime trends, and information technologies. Also beneficial are the tightly reasoned critiques of how crime is communicated to the public and targeted by state agencies. As they explore cutting-edge questions in criminology, readers will find sophisticated theoretical scholarship, especially regarding modern and postmodern frameworks, feminism, critical cultural studies, and neo-Marxism … Summing Up: Essential.”

Choice Outstanding Title

“A welcome addition … well written and … generally sophisticated, challenging, and provocative … offers much needed diversity, depth, and breadth … global approach is timely.”
Criminal Justice Review

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781405175623
  • Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/15/2008
  • Series: Wiley Blackwell Companions to Sociology Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 544
  • Product dimensions: 6.78 (w) x 9.65 (h) x 1.18 (d)

Meet the Author

Colin Sumner is an investment manager and writer. He was Professor and Head of the Law School at the University of East London and for many years a Lecturer at the Institute of Criminology and a Fellow of Wolfson College at the University of Cambridge. He has been a Visiting Professor at the Universities of Barcelona, Hamburg, Berkeley, Simon Fraser, Queen’s [Kingston], St. Mary’s, and Dar es Salaam. His books include Reading Ideologies (1979), Crime, Justice and Underdevelopment (1982), Censure, Politics and Criminal Justice (1990), The Sociology of Deviance (1994), Violence, Culture and Censure (1996), and Social Control and Political Order (ed. with Roberto Bergalli, 1997). He also edited a book series entitled New Directions in Criminology and, with Piers Beirne, founded and edited the journal Theoretical Criminology.
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Table of Contents

Preface     viii
List of Contributors     xiv
Crime, Justice, and Societies     1
The Social Nature of Crime and Deviance   Colin Sumner     3
Theories of Social Control and the State between American and European Shores   Dario Melossi     32
Criminal Justice Process and War on Crime   Markus Dirk Dubber     49
Criminology, Genocide, and Modernity: Remarks on the Companion that Criminology Ignored   Wayne Morrison     68
Juvenile Delinquency and Justice for Youth     89
The Criminologists' Gang   Jack Katz   Curtis Jackson-Jacobs     91
Youth Crime and Crime Control in Contemporary Japan   Mark Fenwick     125
Consumer Culture and Crime in Late Modernity   Keith J. Hayward     143
The Politics of Youth Crime and Justice in South Africa   Elrena van der Spuy   Wilfried Scharf   Jeffrey Lever     162
Punishment and Its Alternatives     181
Penal Policies and Contemporary Politics   Pat O'Malley     183
Beyond Bricks, Bars, and Barbed Wire: The Genesis and Proliferation of Alternatives to Incarceration in the United States   Barry R. Holman   Robert A. Brown     196
Rehabilitation: An Assessment of Theory and Research   Mark W. Lipsey   Nana A. Landenberger   Gabrielle L. Chapman     211
Female Punishment: From Patriarchy to Backlash?   Laureen Snider     228
Gender and the Masculinity of Crime     253
Beyond Bad Girls: Feminist Perspectives on Female Offending   Meda Chesney-Lind     255
Managing "Men's Violence" in the Criminological Arena   Adrian Howe     268
Masculinities and Crime: Rethinking the "Man Question"?   Richard Collier     285
"Abominable and Detestable": Understanding Homophobia and the Criminalization of Sodomy   Mary Bernstein     309
The Gendering and Racializing of Criminalized Others   Elizabeth Comack     325
Capital, Power, and Crime     341
White-Collar Crime   Amedeo Cottino     343
"Dance Your Anger and Your Joys": Multinational Corporations, Power, "Crime"   Frank Pearce   Steve Tombs     359
Globalization and the Illicit Drugs Trade in Hong Kong   K. Joe Laidler     377
Trafficking in Human Beings and Related Crimes in West and Central Africa   Alexis A. Aronowitz   Monika Peruffo     394
Globalization, Crime, and Information      415
Globality, Glocalization, and Private Policing: A Caribbean Case Study   Maureen Cain     417
The Rise of the Surveillant State in Times of Globalization   Thomas Mathiesen     437
The Politics of Crime Statistics   William J. Chambliss     452
Two Realities of Police Communication   Aaron Doyle   Richard Ericson     471
Hacktivism - Resistance is Fertile?   Paul A. Taylor     486
Index     501
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