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 Heterostate: Hegemonic Heterosexuality and State Power
The heterostate: Hegemonic heterosexuality and state power
Lois S.Bibbings

This chapter considers the operation of state power in relation to sexualities. It uses ideas about (hetero)sexuality developed elsewhere (in particular, see Bibbings, 2004), sets them in the context of Hall et al.'s Policing the Crisis (1978) and considers how the latter might help us understand the nature of the state and the mobilization of its power over the thirty years since the book was published. In so doing it also seeks to bring discussion of sexualities, an area which has often been omitted or sidelined, into the mainstream of academic and, in particular, criminological debate.1 This is crucial because ‘an understanding of virtually any aspect of modern western culture must ...

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