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Comparative, International and Global Justice: Perspectives from Criminology and Criminal Justice presents and critically assesses a wide range of topics relevant to criminology, criminal justice and global justice. The text is divided into three parts: comparative criminal justice, international criminology, and transnational and global criminology. Within each field are located specific topics which the authors regard as contemporary and highly relevant and that will assist students in gaining a fuller appreciation of global justice issues. Authors Cyndi Banks and James Baker address these complex global issues using a scholarly but accessible approach, often using detailed case studies. The discussion of each topic is a comprehensive contextualized account that explains the social context in which law and crime exist and engages with questions of explanation or interpretation. The authors challenge students to gain knowledge of international and comparative criminal justice issues and think about them in a critical manner. It has become difficult to ignore the global and international dimensions of criminal justice and criminology and this text aims to enhance criminal justice education by focusing on some of the issues engaging criminology worldwide, and to prepare students for a future where fields of study like transnational crime are unexceptional. FREE Online Resources give students access to helpful learning tools for study and review! Learn more at http://study.sagepub.com/banksbaker

Comparative Criminal Justice: Comparing Crime across Countries
Comparative Criminal Justice: Comparing Crime across Countries

Comparing crime and criminal justice between different countries is a methodology that serves a number of useful purposes, as noted in Chapter 1. However, there are many challenges that impact the process of comparing associated with issues such as appropriate methodology, scope of studies, and research aims. As David Nelken (2010, 15), writing of comparative research strategies puts it, “Classifications can be controversial, descriptions deceptive, explanations erroneous, interpretations interminable, translations twisted and evaluations ethnocentric.” The principal issues, challenges, and approaches in comparative research are discussed in this chapter.

Comparing Criminal Justice: Methodological Issues

In this section, we examine issues that affect questions of choice of methodology in conducting comparative studies. We have identified ...

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