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This clear, concise text sets out the relationship between political theory and criminology. It critically analyses key theories and debates to shed new light on criminological topics and the political ideas that lie beneath them. The book draws the attention of criminologists to political ideas, placing political themes at the heart of criminological speculation. Organized around key criminological concepts and issues, the book covers all the main topics, including:

  • Power and ideology
  • The nature of the state
  • Social control and policing
  • Punishment
  • Economics and criminal activity
  • Morality

The book has been carefully developed to support practical teaching and learning. It contains chapter summaries, further reading and a comprehensive glossary, which combined, provide a comprehensive understanding of the themes. The book is essential for upper level undergraduates, postgraduates and academics in Criminology and Criminal Justice. It will also appeal to professionals, academics and students in Law and Politics.

The Concept of Censure
The concept of censure

Our feelings consist in desires, which we take to be justified, that the person of whom we disapprove should at least suffer ssome discomfiture. He should in some degree have distress for the wrong he has done, if perhaps only the distress of knowing that he has the disapproval of others, a disapproval which is not self-concerned or idiosyncratic but is based on moral convictions or principles. What we want is at least that what he has done should be brought home to him. In other cases, perhaps such as has been imagined, our desires in disapproving of a man are stronger, and do issue in resolutions to act and of course in actions itself.

Ted Honderich, 1988, pp. ...
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