Making Crime Pay

Making Crime Pay : Law and Order in Contemporary American Politics

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Most Americans are not aware that the US prison population has tripled over the past two decades, nor that the US has the highest rate of incarceration in the industrialized world. Despite these facts, politicians from across the ideological spectrum continue to campaign on "law and order" platforms and to propose "three strikes"-and even "two strikes"-sentencing laws. Why is this the case? How have crime, drugs, and delinquency come to be such salient political issues, and why have enhanced punishment and social control been defined as the most appropriate responses to these complex social problems? Making Crime Pay: Law and Order in Contemporary American Politics provides original, fascinating, and persuasive answers to these questions. According to conventional wisdom, the worsening of the crime and drug problems has led the public to become more punitive, and "tough" anti-crime policies are politicians' collective response to this popular sentiment. Katherine Beckett challenges this interpretation, arguing instead that the origins of the punitive shift in crime control policy lie in the political rather than the penal realm-particularly in the tumultuous period of the more

Product details

  • Paperback | 166 pages
  • 152 x 226 x 14mm | 222.26g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Revised ed.
  • 6 line illustrations
  • 0195136268
  • 9780195136265
  • 2,019,322

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Beckett immerses herself in the political, social, historical, and discursive context of crime contol in America. The result is an excellent example of how interdisciplinary research can enhance our understanding of complex social phenomena. * Journal of Criminal Justice * ...Beckett does an excellent job deconstructing the politics of crime policy in this country. * The ICCA Review of Books * ...well-written, sharply focused....provides a useful perspective on an immensely consequential issue. * Choice *show more

About Katherine Beckett

Katherine Beckett is Assistant Professor in the Department of Criminal Justice and Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology at Indiana University, more

Table of contents

1. Law and Order in Contemporary American Politics ; 2. Setting the Public Agenda ; 3. Creating the Crime Issue ; 4. From Crime to Drugs-and Back Again ; 5. Crime and Drugs in the News ; 6. Crime and Punishment in American Political Culture ; 7. Institutionalizing Law and Order ; 8. Reconceptualizing the Crime Problemshow more

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