State Crime: Current Perspectives

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There is no limit to the number of crimes--including acts of genocide, war crimes, crimes against humanity, piracy, drug smuggling, governmental corruption and illegal intelligence gathering--committed by various national governments. In STATE CRIME, the volume editors gather together some of the best new research on state transgressions, in addition to asking senior scholars to reflect on their past research and bring it up to date.The first section of the book features a well-rounded set of cases exemplifying ...
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Overview

There is no limit to the number of crimes--including acts of genocide, war crimes, crimes against humanity, piracy, drug smuggling, governmental corruption and illegal intelligence gathering--committed by various national governments. In STATE CRIME, the volume editors gather together some of the best new research on state transgressions, in addition to asking senior scholars to reflect on their past research and bring it up to date.The first section of the book features a well-rounded set of cases exemplifying state criminality, including an examination of the Holocaust through a criminological framework, and a look at the illegal aggressions committed by the US army in Iraq. The second section of the book focuses on various methods for controlling these governmental transgressions, including domestic legal sanctions and also international enforcers such as the International Court of Human Rights. Contributors to this section of the book examine worldwide policies, such as the international rule against the assassination of regime elites regardless of the acts of aggression and criminality committed by them. The book taps into a previously overloked area that is most relevant for understanding what policies or responses to governmental crime would be most effective in constraining the worst acts. Contributors include leading scholars in criminology such as Ray Michalowski, David Friedrichs, and Peter Iadicola.
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Editorial Reviews

University of Ontario Institute of Technology

"An admirable collection of case studies by leading scholars that illuminate the historical and modern contours of state crime."

— Barbara Perry

Choice

"There has been a paucity of research on state crime, but this volume makes an important contribution to the literature and should not only stimulate further research on state crime, but also contribute to social policies that seek to reduce it. Highly recommended."
University of Ontario Institute of Technology - Barbara Perry

"An admirable collection of case studies by leading scholars that illuminate the historical and modern contours of state crime."
author of Contemporary Critical Criminology - Walter DeKeseredy

"Given recent highly injurious acts committed by governments around the world, this riveting book is essential reading for scholars, students, activists, and policy makers. A timely and much needed contribution to the field."
Choice
"There has been a paucity of research on state crime, but this volume makes an important contribution to the literature and should not only stimulate further research on state crime, but also contribute to social policies that seek to reduce it. Highly recommended."
Barbara Perry
"An admirable collection of case studies by leading scholars that illuminate the historical and modern contours of state crime."
Walter DeKeseredy
"Given recent highly injurious acts committed by governments around the world, this riveting book is essential reading for scholars, students, activists, and policy makers. A timely and much needed contribution to the field."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780813549019
  • Publisher: Rutgers University Press
  • Publication date: 10/1/2010
  • Series: Critical Issues in Crime and Society Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 368
  • Sales rank: 1,313,849
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author


Dawn L. Rothe is an assistant professor of criminology at Old Dominion University. She is the author of State Criminality: The Crime of All Crimes, Symbolic Gestures and the Generation of Global Social Control, and coauthor with Christopher W. Mullins of Blood, Power, and Bedlam: Violations of International Criminal Law in Post-Colonial Africa.

Christopher W. Mullins is an assistant professor of criminology and criminal justice at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. He has authored or coauthored several books including Holding Your Square: Masculinities, Streetlife, and Violence.

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Table of Contents

Foreword

Preface William J. Chambliss Chambliss, William J.

Acknowledgments William J. Chambliss Chambliss, William J.

Introduction: Crimes of State and Other Forms of Collective Group Violence by Nonstate Actors William J. Chambliss Chambliss, William J. 1

Part I Crimes Of The State M. Cherif Bassiouni Bassiouni, M. Cherif

1 Revisiting Crimes by the Capitalist State M. Cherif Bassiouni Bassiouni, M. Cherif 35

2 The Crime Of The Last Century and Of This Century? Gregg Barak Barak, Gregg 49

3 Nuclear Weapons, International Law, And The Normalization Of State Crime David O. Friedrichs Friedrichs, David O. 68

4 Empire And Exceptionalism: The Bush Administration's Criminal War Against Iraq David Kauzlarich Kauzlarich, David 94

5 Do Empires Commit State Crime? Raymond J. Michaimwsici Michaimwsici, Raymond J. 122

6 Burundi: A History Of Conflict And State Crime Peter Iadicola Iadicola, Peter 142

7 Legal Precedent, Jurisprudence, And State Crime: Pinochet And Crimes Against Humanity Kara Hoofnagle Hoofnagle, Kara 162

Part II Controlling State Crime Michael Bohlander Bohlander, Michael

8 Reinventing Controlling State Crime and Varieties of State Crime and Its Control: What I Would Have Done Differently Michael Bohlander Bohlander, Michael 185

9 Complementary And Alternative Domestic Responses To State Crime Jeffrey Ian Ross Ross, Jeffrey Ian 198

10 The Fairness Of Gacaca Dawn L. Rothe Rothe, Dawn L. 219

11 Assassination Of Regime Elites Versus Collateral Civilian Damage? Alphonse Muleefu Muleefu, Alphonse 245

12 How To Restore Justice In Serbia? A Closer Look At Peoples' Opinions About Postwar Reconciliation Dawn L. Rothe Rothe, Dawn L. 262

13 The Current Status And Role Of The International Criminal Court Elmar Weitekamp Weitekamp, Elmar 275

References Christopher W. Mullins Mullins, Christopher W. 293

Contributors Christopher W. Mullins Mullins, Christopher W. 319

Index Christopher W. Mullins Mullins, Christopher W. 321

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