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, Media and the State
Crime, media and the state
PaulMason
Introduction

In October 2007, Keith Jarrett, President of the National Black Police Association, addressed its annual conference in Bristol. His comments proved contentious.1 Jarrett, whose speech was previewed in The Observer, called for the increased use of stop and search laws on black youths:

From the return that I am getting from a lot of black people, they want to stop these killings, these knife crimes, and if it means their sons and daughters are going to be inconvenienced by being stopped by the police, so be it. (The Observer, 21 October 2007)

The proposed measures were criticized by Milena Buyum, coordinator of the National Assembly Against Racism, and Liberty director Shami Chakrabarti. Nonetheless, they were widely supported by ...

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