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
Chapter 1: Introduction
This text addresses a wide range of topics relevant to criminology, criminal justice, and global justice. We use the term global justice to signify the totality of the fields of criminology included in the text, namely, comparative, international, and transnational and global criminologies. Although wide-ranging, the text does not sacrifice breadth for depth: discussion of each topic is characterized by a comprehensive contextualized account of a contemporary global justice issue and a critical approach. Specificity is a fundamental quality of topic discussions, and the analysis of topics and issues is scholarly but accessible, often taking the form of case studies and country profiles.
Criminology, it has often been said, is a parochial and ethnocentric discipline (Hardie-Bick, Sheptycki, and Wardak 2005, 1). As Paul ...