Social Dynamics of Crime and Control

Social Dynamics of Crime and Control : New Theories for a World in Transition

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This book assembles essays by leading scholars in their fields of criminology and socio-legal studies. John Braithwaite, John Hagan, Jack Katz, Nicola Lacey, Michael Levi, Joan McCord, Dario Melossi, Steven Messner and Richard Rosenfeld explore new directions in contemporary theorising about the impact of social and cultural dynamics on crime and social control. These essays have in common that they transcend disciplinary boundaries by combining criminological and socio-legal perspectives; in so doing they bring fresh perspectives to the analysis of crime in market societies and in the global market place. The authors do not share the apocalyptic and dramatic predictions of rising crime rates, but are aware of the "double movement" of social change and the counteracting forces that emerge in its course. These essays promote an integrative perspective that bridges the gap between etiological criminology and a constructionist approach as well as between explanatory and normative theory.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 400 pages
  • 156 x 234 x 20mm | 620g
  • Hart Publishing
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • illustrations, index
  • 1841131644
  • 9781841131641

Table of contents

Part 1 Crime and the social dynamics of markets: market dominance, crime and globalisation, Steven F. Messner and Richard Rosenfeld; subterranean sources of subcultural delinquency beyond the American dream, John Hagan, Gerd Hefler, Gabriele Classen, Klaus Boehnke and Hans Merkens; knights of crime - the success of "pre-modern" structures in the illegal economy, Susanne Karstedt; extortion, corruption and trust - a structural-constructionist perspective, Thomas Ohlemacher. Part 2 Social dynamics and the limits of legal control: republic theory, the good society and crime control, John Braithwaite; after the welfare state - whither informal law?, Wolfgang Ludwig-Mayerhof; shaming and the regulation of fraud and business "misconduct" - some preliminary explorations, Michael Levi; multinational firms as agents of civic virtues, Erhard Blankenburg. Part 3 Cultural dynamics - contexts of crime and control: translating social control - reflections on the comparison of Italian and North-American cultures concerning social control, with a few consequences for a "critical" criminology, Dario Melossi; "community" and governance - a cultural comparison, Nicola Lacey and Lucia Zedner; the gang myth, Jack Katz; explaining the absence of violence - a comparative approach, Willem de Haan. Part 4 The individual in a dynamic society - challenges and changes: desistance from crime - life history, turning points and implications for theory construction in criminology, Elmar G.M. Weitekamp, Hans-Jurgen Kerner, Wolfgang Stelly and Jurgen Thomas; a theory of motivation and the life course, Joan McCord; variation, selection and stabilisation - an evolutionary theory of crime and control, Kai-D. Bussmann.
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Review quote

...this is a very worthwhile collection of papers on important questions for criminologists to consider. Clive Coleman New Law Journal September 2002
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About Susan Karstedt

Kai.-D. Bussmann is Professor of Penal Law and Criminology at the Martin-Luther-University in Halle-Wittenberg,Germany. Suzanne Karstedt is Professor of Criminology at the Department of Criminology at Keele University, UK.
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