The increasingly important topic of comparative criminal justice is examined from an original and insightful perspective by one of the top scholars in the field. Addressing the need for a globalized criminology, David Nelken looks at why we should study crime and criminal justice in a comparative and international context, and the difficulties we encounter when we do. Evaluating 'global' trends in crime, risk and security, the book draws upon the author’s experience of working in a number of settings around the world. A range of case studies are included to illustrate the discussion, covering areas such as white collar crime, juvenile delinquency, and organized crime.
Chapter 2: Just Comparison
What makes for a fair comparison? Where do and should we start from in making comparisons? Should we be looking for similarities or for differences? What do we mean by comparing like with like? The answer to these questions depends in large part on the point of the exercise, on what is being compared, and on why. ...