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.
- 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.
Chapter 1: Gender, Power and the State: Same as it Ever Was?
Women have undoubtedly benefited from greater economic, civil and political freedom since the late 1960s, yet discrimination persists in systemically maintained gender inequalities such as segregation in employment and unequal pay. Thus, against some of the ungrounded naïve claims of social theory, many feminists would insist that changes within gender relations are indicative of the emergence of new forms of oppression as well as new types of freedom. (McNay, 2004: 171)
The colossal impact that Policing the Crisis had on social science scholars interested in developing critical perspectives on the relationship between the state and civil society, is beyond dispute. The book also offered a radical departure ...