Featuring contributions by many of the leading scholars in the field, this seminal text explores the key themes and debates on state power today, in relation to crime and social order. It critically evaluates a range of substantive areas of criminological concern, including terrorism, surveillance, violence, and the media.

Key Features

  • Gives historical overviews of key theories about state power
  • Provides an assessment of the relationship between crime, criminal justice, and the state
  • Analyzes the development of law and order policy
  • Discusses the impact of structural fissures such as gender, race and sexuality
  • Presents an overview of current research and writing
  • Offers critical reflection on the future direction of research and analysis
  • Provides advice on further reading

In 1978, with the publication of Hall et al's Policing the Crisis and Poulantzas's State, Power, Socialism, the complexity of the state's interventions in maintaining a capitalist social order were laid bare for critical criminological analysis. State, Power, Crime offers an up to date and comprehensive examination of the challenges posed by state power, in relation to both criminal and social justice. It is essential reading for upper level undergraduates and postgraduates in criminology, criminal justice and sociology.

Introduction: State, Power, Crime
Introduction: State, power, crime
RoyColeman, JoeSim, SteveTombs and DavidWhyte

Bolstered by the new wave of theoretical innovation and methodological scepticism that had tentatively begun in 1968 with the formation of the radical National Deviancy Conference (NDC), a number of seminal texts were published during the 1970s which developed the critical themes and perspectives initially identified by those participating in the NDC.1 These texts contested not only the mystifying, algorithmic quantification of positivist criminology, and the reductive emphasis on the individualization of criminal behaviour that flowed from this methodological position, but also implicitly confronted the conjoined, cosy and intertwined relationship which many in the discipline had developed with micro and macro structures of power and domination, including the state and its institutions (Walters, this ...

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