State Criminality

State Criminality : The Crime of All Crimes

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State crimes are historically and contemporarily ubiquitous and result in more injury and death than traditional street crimes such as robbery, theft, and assault. Consider that genocide during the 20th century in Germany, Rwanda, Darfur, Albania, Turkey, Ukraine, Cambodia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, and other regions claimed the lives of tens of millions and rendered many more homeless, imprisoned, and psychologically and physically damaged. Despite the gravity of crimes committed by states and political leaders, until recently these harms have been understudied relative to conventional street crimes in the field of criminology. Over the past two decades, a growing number of criminologists have conducted rigorous research on state crime and have tried to disseminate it widely including attempts to develop courses that specifically address crimes of the state. Referencing a broad range of cases of state crime and international institutions of control, State Criminality provides a general framework and survey-style discussion of the field for teaching undergraduate and graduate students, and serves as a useful general reference point for scholars of state crime.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 286 pages
  • 147.32 x 226.06 x 22.86mm | 453.59g
  • Lexington Books
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • 0739126725
  • 9780739126721
  • 1,814,493

About Dawn L. Rothe

Dawn L. Rothe is assistant professor of criminology at Old Dominion University.
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Rothe provides us with a masterful overview of what is known and what needs to be known about crimes of states and their control. She lays out a very useful typology and an integrated theory to advance our understanding of state crime, and she delineates the nature of the challenges confronting international legal institutions. State Criminality is an essential acquisition for the library of all students of crimes of states. It is sure to be regarded as a seminal contribution to the literature in this realm. My only disappointment relating to this book is that I didn't manage to write it myself! -- David O. Friedrichs, Distinguished University Fellow, University of Scranton In light of the immense importance of this topic, this excellent book deserves the widest possible readership among criminologists and all other interest parties. Essential. Most levels/libraries. CHOICE, April 2010 The most comprehensive, non-ideological, and accessible introduction to the subject of state crime to date, providing both breadth and depth. Written by one of the most well known experts in the field. -- Jeffrey Ian Ross, University of Baltimore
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Table of contents

Chapter 1 Foreword by Ronald C. Kramer Chapter 2 Acknowledgments Chapter 3 Introduction Chapter 4 Chapter 1. An Introduction to State Criminology Chapter 5 Chapter 2. Laws Prohibiting the Most Deleterious Acts of State Criminality Chapter 6 Chapter 3. A Glance into State Criminality Chapter 7 Chapter 4. Everyday Life and the Topic of State Crime Chapter 8 Chapter 5. Integrated Theory of International Law Violations Chapter 9 Chapter 6. State Crimes by Types of Government: Democratic Chapter 10 Chapter 7. State Crimes by Types of Government: Non-Democratic Chapter 11 Chapter 8. International Controls for Crimes of States and Other Violators of International Criminal Law Chapter 12 Chapter 9. Domestic Controls: Sole Mechanisms and/or Complements to International Instruments Chapter 13 Chapter 10. Constraints for State Crime Chapter 14 Chapter 11. Concluding Thoughts
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