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.

Nation States and the Production of Social Harm: Resisting the Hegemony of ‘TINA’
Nation states and the production of social harm: Resisting the hegemony of ‘TINA’
ChristinaPantazis and SimonPemberton

Policing the Crisis (PtC) sought to capture the crises embedded in the British post-war social democratic state and the emergence of a coercive social authoritarianism. By interrogating the construction of the social and political panic around ‘mugging’, Hall et al. (1978) documented the state's transformation towards a punitive and populist penal strategy directed against young black men — further marginalized during, and as a result of, the economic recession of the 1970s. Central to Policing the Crisis was an analysis of the accompanying hegemonic forms that served to underpin coercive responses. Specifically, consent was constructed through a range ...

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