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Threat Perceptions : The Policing of Dangers from Eugenics to the War on Terrorism

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Threat Perceptions: The Policing of Dangers from Eugenics to the War on Terrorism examines the legal, scientific, and social construction of risk of crime in the United States. Ghatak focuses on the crime control policies that stretched from the beginning of the era of Eugenics and the rise of criminal psychiatry in the late 19th century to the contemporary era of "actuarial justice" and the Patriot Act.show more

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  • Hardback | 140 pages
  • 154 x 232 x 18mm | 381.02g
  • Lexington Books
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • New.
  • 0739129570
  • 9780739129579

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Ghatak provides a most lucid addition to the literature on the governance of risk in modern America. He masterfully traces the historical roots of new forms of scientific and legal categories and knowledge about perceived dangerousness and risk, from the 'psychopathic' criminal, to new ways of constructing the problems of immigration and terrorism. He adds vital new concepts which help us understand and perhaps moderate the tensions between anticipating risk and danger before it engulfs us and holding to the democratic processes and values that most of us hold dear. -- Kevin Stenson, University of Kent, UK Threat Perceptions recovers for us the the complex mix of political, legal and scientific events in the 19th and 20th centuries, behind the present techniques of risk surveillance and control. Ghatak shows us that while these techniques are vulnerable in their dependence on the shifting grounds of law, politics, and science, they are remarkably robust in their ability to recirculate and reappear. This book will be of great value to anyone studying or worrying about our increasingly intrusive security state. -- Jonathan Simon, University of California at Berkeleyshow more

About Saran Ghatak

Saran Ghatak is assistant professor of sociology at Keene State Collegeshow more

Table of contents

Chapter 1 Introduction Chapter 2 Chapter 1: Science and Criminal Danger in the Nineteenth Century Chapter 3 Chapter 2: Eugenics and Hereditarianism in the United States Chapter 4 Chapter 3: Origin of the Psychopathology of Crime Chapter 5 Chapter 4: The Advent of Actuarial Justice Chapter 6 Chapter Five: Policing of Political Dissent Chapter 7 Chapter 6: "Risk Wars": The Campaign against Terrorism Chapter 8 Conclusion: The Vigilant New World: Science, Law and the Policing of Threatsshow more

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