Dangerous Offenders

Dangerous Offenders

by Mark Brown
     
 

This highly controversial new book considers how the dangerous offender has become such a figure of collective anxiety for the citizens of rationalised Western societies. The authors consider:
* ideas of danger and social threat in historical perspective
* legal responses to violent criminals
* attempts to predict dangerous behaviour
* why

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Overview

This highly controversial new book considers how the dangerous offender has become such a figure of collective anxiety for the citizens of rationalised Western societies. The authors consider:
* ideas of danger and social threat in historical perspective
* legal responses to violent criminals
* attempts to predict dangerous behaviour
* why particular groups, such as women, remain at risk from violent crime.
This inspired collection invites us to rethink the received wisdom on dangerous offenders, and will be of interest to students and scholars in the fields of criminology and the sociology of Risk.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415200479
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
04/13/2000
Pages:
208
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.56(d)

Table of Contents

Notes on contributors
Introduction1
Pt. IDangerousness: a sociological history15
1Risk societies and the government of crime17
2Dangerousness and modern society35
Pt. IILegal responses and responsibilities49
3Guerrillas in our midst? Judicial responses to governing the dangerous51
4Civil commitment as social control: managing the risk of sexual violence71
Pt. IIIPractical risks: danger in the penal context91
5Calculations of risk in contemporary penal practice93
6Criminal careers, sex offending and dangerousness109
7Risk and blame in criminal justice controversies: British press coverage and official discourse on prison security (1993-6)127
Pt. IVViolence, danger and modern government: the future145
8Naturalising danger: women, fear and personal safety147
9Drugs and dangerousness: perception and management of risk in the neo-liberal era165
10Dangerous states181
Index195

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