Governable Places: Reading on Governmentality and Crime Control

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This volume brings together for the first time the work of leading researchers in the new field of governmentality studies and crime control. Specific chapters of the volume are written by leading internationally-recognized criminologists and socio-legal scholars from Canada, the US, Britain, Australia and New Zealand. Collectively, chapters reflect the range of new theoretical approaches and substantive research topics that are being developed by socio-legal scholars and criminologists who are working in the wake of the critical postmodern tide that is entering law and criminology partly through the influence of Foucault.
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Twelve contributions by professors in the fields of geography, law, sociology, criminology, ethics, and anthropology address theoretical and methodological issues and present the results of theoretically- informed research on a variety of themes including crime prevention, criminalization and gender, risk management, and the government of youth, property relations, urban space, and indigenous peoples. Contribution topics include the following: the changing governance of sexuality and gender violence in Hawaii; policing, postmodernism, and transnationalization; the virtual reality of post-communist privatization; and governmentality and cartographic struggles in inner city Vancouver, British Columbia. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781840147261
  • Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Limited
  • Publication date: 7/1/1999
  • Series: Advances in Criminology Series
  • Pages: 340
  • Product dimensions: 6.38 (w) x 8.82 (h) x 0.94 (d)

Table of Contents

Notes on Contributors
Series Preface
1 Introduction: The Place of Governance Studies in Law and Criminology 1
2 'Governmentality' and the Problem of Crime 15
3 Crime Control, Governmentality and Sovereignty 45
4 Criminalization and Gender: The Changing Governance of Sexuality and Gender Violence in Hawai'i 75
5 Preventing Crime: 'Social' versus 'Community' Governance in Aotearoa/New Zealand 103
6 Governmentality, Neo-Liberalism and Dangerousness 133
7 Governing the Young 163
8 Consuming Risks: Harm Minimization and the Government of 'Drug-users' 191
9 Policing, Postmodernism and Transnationalization 215
10 Beyond the Law: The Virtual Reality of Post-Communist Privatization 239
11 Mapping Urban Space: Governmentality and Cartographic Struggles in Inner City Vancouver 261
12 An Intrusive and Corrective Government: Political Rationalities and the Governance of Plains Aboriginals 1870-90 287
Index 313
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