Beyond Criminology

Beyond Criminology : Taking Harm Seriously

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Beyond Criminology is an innovative, groundbreaking critique of the narrow focus of conventional criminology. The authors argue that crime forms only a small and often insignificant amount of the harm experienced by people. They show that, while custom and tradition play an important role in the perpetuation of some types of harm, many forms of harm are rooted in the inequalities and social divisions systematically produced in -- and by -- contemporary states. Exploring a range of topics including violence, indifference, corporate and state harms, murder, children, asylum and immigration policies, sexuality and poverty, the contributions raise a number of theoretical and methodological issues associated with a social harm approach. Only once we have identified the origins, scale and consequences of social harms, they argue, can we begin to formulate possible responses -- and these are more likely to be located in public and social policy than in the criminal justice system. The book provides an original and challenging new perspective that goes beyond criminology -- one which will be of interest to students, teachers and policy makers.show more

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  • Hardback | 344 pages
  • 142 x 218 x 24mm | 458.14g
  • PLUTO PRESS
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • New
  • 10 figs
  • 0745319041
  • 9780745319049

About Paddy Hillyard

Christina Pantazis is Research Fellow in Social Justice at the University of Bristol. Steve Tombs is Professor of Sociology at Liverpool John Moores University. Dave Gordon is Professor of Social Justice at the University of Bristol.show more

Table of contents

1 Introduction 2 Beyond criminology? - Paddy Hillyard and Steve Tombs 3 Towards a political economy of harm: states, corporations and the production of inequality - Paddy Hillyard and Steve Tombs 4 Violence in democratic societies: towards an analytic framework - Jamil Salmi 5 A theory of moral indifference: understanding the production of harm by capitalist society - Simon Pemberton 6 State harms - Tony Ward 7 Re-orientating miscarriages of justice - Michael Naughton 8 The victimised state and the mystification of social harm - Joe Sim 9 The war on migration - Frances Webber 10 Workplace injury and death: social harm and the illusions of law - Steve Tombs 11 Prime suspect: murder in Britain - Danny Dorling 12 Gendering harm through a life course perspective - Christina Pantazis 13 Heterosexuality as harm: fitting in - Lois Bibbings 14 Children and the concept of harm - Roy Parker 15 Poverty, death and disease - Dave Gordon 16 Conclusion Notes on Contributors Indexshow more

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