The Politics of Victimization : Victims, Victimology, and Human Rights
This useful text provides a comprehensive introductory overview of the study of victims and victimization. Victimization is here considered as a reflection of American society. Taking a broad perspective, Elias argues that the study of victimology requires more than merely analyzing criminal justice; it requires linking it to much wider social, political and economic relations-especially to the American political economy. This study rejects the official definition of crime and victimization and establishes a relationship between victimology and human rights, thus advocating a "new" victimology which embraces victims of both crime and repression. Elias proposes that since much crime arises in response to various forms of oppression, a society unconcerned with human rights violations and its victims can likewise provide little help for crime victims.
- Paperback | 408 pages
- 136.1 x 210.3 x 26.2mm | 597.18g
- 18 Dec 1986
- Oxford University Press Inc
- New York, United States
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Elias proposes a new definition of victimology that transcends current official and social perceptions of victimization and its sources.
A well-organized, thoroughly documented work...I would recommend this book for its thoroughness and humanity and as a useful reference work for criminology. American Journal of Sociology Excellent. A must reading for any course in victimology. Daniel Stern, The American University A first-rate contribution. Gilbert L. Geis, University of California, Irvine The most comprehensive and literate general treatment of victimology available. Gary T. Marx, Massachusetts Institute of Technology This pathbreaking study extends our understanding of both crime and victim...Underneath impressive layers of scholarship, Elias brings to bear a sense of moral purpose, an abiding insistence that all our social arrangements be assessed by whether they diminish or intensify human suffering in the lived circumstances of daily existence. Richard Falk, Princeton University A definitive piece on the process of victimization and its after-effects. Indeed, before citizens and policymakers can begin to heal one another we must first understand what has happened and what is happening. Elias moves us significantly in this direction. Christian Davenport, University of Houston