Criminal and Social Justice provides an important insight into the relationship between social inequality, crime, and criminalization. In this accessible and innovative account, Dee Cook examines the nature of the relationship between criminal and social justice - both in theory and in practice. Current social, economic, political, and cultural considerations are brought to bear, and contemporary examples are used throughout to help the student to consider this relationship.

Introduction

Introduction

Justice is a concept which many of us take for granted: its meaning and its existence are assumed to be the foundation of the ‘British way of life’ and integral to the society in which we live. Justice is often assumed to be that which is automatically produced through the workings of the police, courts, judiciary and related criminal justice agencies. When prefixed with the word ‘social’, justice takes on different meanings, conveying ideas about citizenship, public services and social equality. Criminal justice and social justice may therefore seem, at first, to occupy different spheres of policy and social relations. In the past this separation applied to study, research and policy in these areas, but the last decade has witnessed significant changes (described in ...

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