Structural Criminology

Structural Criminology

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Focusing on a variety of criminal activities, the author applies his structural criminology to the relationships of power which operate in a range of institutional spheres. He looks at the relationship between class and criminality, showing the inadequacy of a simple causal link and discussing the prevalence of "white collar" crime. Hagan sees other significant structures of power in the relative influence of corporate actors - for example large commercial establishments - who bring charges against individuals, and he analyzes both the legal outcome of such conflicts and the symbolic aspects of sentencing and judicial operations in general. Throughout, these essays stress the structural importance of unemployment, race and gender in the legal definitions of criminal behaviour and the need to situate each factor within its complex of power relationships.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 304 pages
  • 160 x 250mm | 613g
  • Polity Press
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • bibliography, index
  • 0745605168
  • 9780745605166

Table of contents

Prologue: Toward a Structural Criminology Part 1: Social Structure, Crime and Punishment 1. White-Collar Crime and Punishment 2. The Corporate Advantage 3. The Addictive Sanction 4. Ceremonial Justice 5. Race, Class and the Perception of Criminal Injustice Part 2: Social Structure, the Family and Delinquency 6. A Power-Control Theory of Gender and Delinquency 7. The Class Dynamics of the Family and Delinquency 8. Feminist Scholarship and Power-Control Theory 9. Gender and the Search for Deviant Role Exits Epilogue: The Future of Structural Criminology Bibliography Index.show more