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 6: Power, Politics and the Welfare State
We have been looking at British social policies for over thirty years. It is an area that provides a rich context for exploring and understanding the role of the state. There are some good reasons why this is so. From its origins, the modern British state has been involved in social legislation and provision as ways have been sought to overcome, or at least contain, social problems and reproduce a social order beset with difficulties and contradictions. In this way the state has attempted to carry out its most elemental function — the reproduction of the existing social and economic system. But in a society riven by inequalities and their consequent miseries, ...