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.

Crime Prevention, Community Safety and the Local State
Crime prevention, community safety and the local state

Policing the Crisis mapped the shift towards the ‘exceptional state’ over the post-war period. Hall et al. (1978) emphasized the state's increasingly coercive attempts to secure popular consent against the backdrop of deepening economic and political crises in the 1970s. The authors explore how young black people came to represent the fulcrum of the crisis in the public imagination: the ‘new crime’ of ‘mugging’ — in which young black men were widely believed to be implicated — came to signify a step-change in the developing social malaise that was reportedly enveloping Britain by the 1970s. Hall et al. (1978), in focusing their analysis on the social reaction to ‘mugging’, highlighted ...

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