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.

The ‘Exceptional’ State
The ‘exceptional’ state

Policing the Crisis (PtC) was a seminal and prescient work. As well as examining the political, economic and the ideological characteristics of mugging, it charted the progress towards a law and order society, or what the authors termed, the ‘exceptional state’.1 There is some doubt whether or not they considered that the exceptional state had arrived or whether we were progressing towards it. Chapter 9 is entitled ‘The Law-and-Order Society: Towards the “Exceptional State”’ (emphasis added). Yet in the chapter itself they imply that ‘the dialectical movement’ by which the law and order panic becomes institutionalized in the exceptional form had occurred in the 1970s. They argue that the political dimension of the ‘exceptional state’, ‘gradually emerged between 1968 and ...

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