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.

Young People, Youth Justice and the State
Young people, youth justice and the state
JanetJamieson and JoeYates

Often spectacular in form, the restlessness, visibility and anti-authority attitudes of youth came to stand, in the public consciousness, as a metaphor for social change, but even more, for all things wrong with social change. (Hall et al., 1978: 48)

As this opening quotation, from Policing the Crisis (PtC) testifies, historically, youth — or more accurately the ‘threat of youth’ — has served as a cipher for much wider hopes and fears about social order, progress and social change. Indeed, contemporary political and media preoccupations with hoodies, ‘gangs’, gun culture and ‘anti-social’ behaviour have elicited similar forms of adult, media and political condemnation and censure to that surrounding the ‘moral panics’ ...

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