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.

Intelligence, Terrorism and the State
Intelligence, terrorism and the state

What appears to be a ‘security panic’ in the wake of the September 2001 attacks in the USA, suggests parallels between the moral panic surrounding ‘mugging’ that inspired and informed the analysis of the relationship between the state and law and order in Policing the Crisis (Hall et al., 1978) and the current concerns of the ‘war on terror’. However, while there are similarities, a direct comparison between 1970s ‘street robbery’ and 2000s ‘political violence’ would be rather artificial. Therefore, drawing on the theoretical framework for understanding the relation between state, law and violence set out in Policing the Crisis, this chapter compares events in Northern Ireland after 1969 with current concerns over ‘terrorism’.1

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