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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.

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'This volume presents a solid framework of current data and theoretical analyses of the meaning of 'dangerousness' in the current political and penal climate. At the same time, it illuminates many of the puzzles, with which professionals have to wrestle.' - Current Issues in Criminal Justice
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415200479
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 4/13/2000
  • Pages: 208
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.56 (d)

Meet the Author

Mark Brown is lecturer in Criminology at the University of Melbourne. John Pratt is reader in Criminology at the Victoria University of Melbourne.

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Table of Contents

Notes on contributors
Introduction 1
Pt. I Dangerousness: a sociological history 15
1 Risk societies and the government of crime 17
2 Dangerousness and modern society 35
Pt. II Legal responses and responsibilities 49
3 Guerrillas in our midst? Judicial responses to governing the dangerous 51
4 Civil commitment as social control: managing the risk of sexual violence 71
Pt. III Practical risks: danger in the penal context 91
5 Calculations of risk in contemporary penal practice 93
6 Criminal careers, sex offending and dangerousness 109
7 Risk and blame in criminal justice controversies: British press coverage and official discourse on prison security (1993-6) 127
Pt. IV Violence, danger and modern government: the future 145
8 Naturalising danger: women, fear and personal safety 147
9 Drugs and dangerousness: perception and management of risk in the neo-liberal era 165
10 Dangerous states 181
Index 195
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