Organized around the intersecting social divisions of class, race, age, and gender, the book provides an engaging and authoritative overview of the nature of victimisation in society. In addition to a review of the major theoretical developments in relation to understanding aspects of victimization in society, individual chapters explore the political and social context of victimisation and the historical, comparative, and contemporary research and scholarly work on it. Each chapter includes the following:- Background and glossary- Theory, research and policy review - `Thinking critically about...' sections- Reflections and future research directions- Summary and conclusions- Annotated bibliographyVictims, Crime and Society is the essential text on victims for students of criminology, criminal justice, community safety, youth justice and related areas.
Chapter 1: Victims, Crime and Society
Victims, Crime and Society
Our central organizing theme in this book is the nature of victimization in relation to the intersecting and overlapping social divisions of class, race, age and gender. Under this rubric, the book explores the unequal distribution of victimization, the patterning and nature of risk, the experiences of crime victims, and the social, political and criminal justice responses to criminal victimization. It foregrounds how the major social divisions in England and Wales – class, race, age and gender – provide a useful starting point for understanding the complex ...