Written by a leading sociologist of Scotland, this ground-breaking new introduction is a comprehensive account of the social, political, economic and cultural processes at work in contemporary Scottish society. At a time of major uncertainty and transformation The New Sociology of Scotland explores every aspect of Scottish life. Placed firmly in the context of globalisation, the text: • examines a broad range of topics including race and ethnicity, social inequality, national identity, health, class, education, sport, media and culture, among many others. • looks at the ramifications of recent political events such as British General Election of 2015, the Scottish parliament election of May 2016, and the Brexit referendum of June 2016. • uses learning features such as further reading and discussion questions to stimulate students to engage critically with issues raised. Written in a lucid and accessible style, The New Sociology of Scotland is an indispensable guide for students of sociology and politics.
Chapter 12: Social Order: Crime and Justice in Scotland
Social Order: Crime and Justice in Scotland
This chapter explores the changing nature of social order in Scotland, both in terms of its trends and patterns of crime and the wider context of its policies on crime control and institutional structures of governance (Figure 12.1). It takes a historical perspective, although arguably the events since devolution mark this as one of the most active periods of both social and political change. As Keating observes, ‘Crime is one of the most complex of public policy issues to define, to measure and to control’ (2010: 249). Little surprise then that it has proven to be so controversial in the settlement of the post-devolution landscape.
Figure 12.1 ...