Contagion, Counter-Terrorism and Criminology
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Contagion, Counter-Terrorism and Criminology : Justice in the Shadow of Terror

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This book seeks to examine this process via a detailed empirical exploration of the impact of counter-terrorism measures on the criminal justice systems of three selected EU countries with varying histories and experience of terrorism, namely, the UK, France and Poland. In the burgeoning criminological literature on security, risk and preventive justice that has followed the 9/11 attacks, concerns have regularly been expressed about the `contagion' or normalising effects of counter-terrorist law and its migration to other areas of the criminal law. This book particularly explores the synergistic relationship between counter-terrorism measures and control measures aimed at `ordinary' crimes. It probes the hegemonic power of terrorism and the securitisation agenda more generally and discusses the implications for criminology as a discipline does it, for example, have a role in social contestation of contagion? This book will be suitable for academics and students interested in political violence, terrorism and counter-terrorism as well as practitioners and experts working in the area.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 161 pages
  • 148 x 210mm
  • Cham, Switzerland
  • English
  • 1st ed. 2019
  • XIII, 161 p.
  • 3030123219
  • 9783030123215

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This book provides a detailed exploration of the impact of counter-terrorism measures on the penal trajectories of three EU countries: the UK, France and Poland. Through detailed, empirical and theoretically-informed analysis, it explores the synergistic relationship between counter-terrorism measures and control-measures aimed at 'ordinary' crimes, in order to map the process of "contagion". The field of counter-terrorism has been identified by both academics and stakeholders alike as one which holds particular potential for the adoption of more punitive strategies. Without more detailed scrutiny of the impact of EU counter terrorism legislation and policy, important questions about the real character of criminal justice in the EU remain unanswered.

Contagion, Counter-Terrorism and Criminology also probes the hegemonic power of terrorism and the securitization agenda more generally, and discusses the implications for criminology as a discipline. It brings critical criminological insights, concerning macro level penal transformation (i.e. the discourse on punitiveness and risk), into an area traditionally dominated by law and human rights scholars. Hamilton's analysis of these three countries should be of interest to students and scholars of criminology, criminal justice, law, human rights, security studies, politics, international relations and socio-legal studies.
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Table of contents

1. Introduction.- 2. Counter-terrorism and Contagion in France.- 2. Counter-Terrorism and Contagion in Poland.- 3. Counter-Terrorism and Contagion in the United Kingdom.- 4. Counter-Terrorism, Contagion and Criminology.- 5. Conclusions.
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This book provides a detailed exploration of the impact of counter-terrorism measures on the penal trajectories of the UK, France and Poland through detailed, empirical and theoretically-informed analysis.
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About Claire Hamilton

Claire Hamilton is Professor of Criminology at Maynooth University, Ireland. She practised as a barrister in criminal law until 2004, when she became a full-time academic. Prior to joining Maynooth University, she worked for several years as a lecturer in criminology in Dublin Institute of Technology and Queen's University Belfast. She is the author/editor of four books, the most recent of which is the Routledge Handbook of Irish Criminology. She is also President of the Irish Association of Law Teachers.
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