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 State, Knowledge Production and Criminology
The state, knowledge production and criminology

We live in a contaminated moral environment. (Vaclav Havel, 1 January 1990)

Vaclav Havel, playwright, human rights activist and first President of the Czech Republic, knew from a young age what it meant to live under an oppressive and dictatorial form of government. He expressed his resistance to abusive government regimes through his literary talents, including the influential The Power of the Powerless, published in 1978, which resulted in him spending four years in prison. Havel argued that communist Czechoslovakia was governed by morally corrupt individuals who subverted truth in favour of a totalitarian lie that served the interests of the ruling elites. The denial of free speech and the perpetuation of intolerance contaminated public ...

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