Crime, The Mystery of the Common-Sense Concept
This concise book explores the seemingly simple, common-sense concept of crime revealing the huge complexities, ambiguities and tensions that lie beneath it. Criminal law is often at odds with different moral perspectives and the practices of different cultures. The mass media distort the picture profoundly, as do politicians in pursuit of law and order votes. The criminal justice system tackles only a limited range of crimes Â almost entirely ones committed by the poor and relatively powerless Â while often neglecting the most dangerous and harmful activities of corporations and states, from the carnage of unjust wars to the tragedies engendered by austerity. It is only by examining the multiple and varied perspectives on crime that we can begin to understand and respond appropriately to this social phenomenon.
Written by a world-leading criminologist, this insightful book will be an invaluable and captivating introduction for students and interested readers of criminology, law, sociology and politics.
- Hardback | 272 pages
- 138 x 222 x 24mm | 430g
- 05 Jul 2016
- Polity Press
- Oxford, United Kingdom
- 1. Auflage
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Table of contents
Chapter One. Legal Conceptions of Crime
Chapter Two. Moral Conceptions of Crime
Chapter Three. Everybody's Doing It: Social Conceptions of Crime and Deviance
Chapter Four. How Do They Get Away With It? The Non-Criminalization of the Powerful
Chapter Five. The Criminal Justice Process and Conceptions of Crime
Chapter Six. Media, Crime and the Politics of Law and Order
Chapter Seven. Whodunnit and Why? Criminological Conceptions of Crime
Conclusion. Crime: A Capital Concept
Ian Loader, University of Oxford
"'Crime' is a keyword in contemporary politics and culture: widely used, powerfully consequential, and - for all its seeming simplicity - deeply complex and contested. In this masterly account, Robert Reiner traces the concept's multiple meanings and ramifications, its role in criminological theory and political discourse, and its intimate association with the history of capitalism. This is an essential, eye-opening guide to one of the central issues of our time."
David Garland, New York University
"Reiner brings together a vast amount of literature, and makes a compelling case."
Professional Security Magazine Online
"Crime is a succinct and eminently readable work that is none the worse for its occasional streak of combativeness. Notwithstanding the variety of topics covered, Reiner's writing is invariably clear, rich in detail and draws on a variety of theoretical and empirical studies."
LSE Review of Books