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.

Policing the Working Class in the City of Renewal: The State and Social Surveillance
Policing the working class in the city of renewal: The state and social surveillance

Written thirty years ago, Policing the Crisis (PtC) explored the often disparate yet frequently ideologically unified reactionary forces that emerged at a time of crumbling class authority. The book presented a major step forward in developing a critical criminological theorization of the state while crystallizing a moment in the orchestration of state power in the UK in the early 1970s. The authors depicted the state in neo-Gramscian terms as a ‘mediator’ and ‘educator’: a historically contingent set of discourses and institutions embroiled in a struggle over the meaning and direction of social order. This arena of struggle highlighted ...

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