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.

Social Class, Social Exclusion, Victims and Crime

Social class, social exclusion, victims and crime

Chapter Aims

  • To contextualize the relationship between socio-economic status and criminal victimization.
  • To explore victimization from ‘conventional’ violent and property crime.
  • To examine the extent to which crime, victimization, criminal justice and crime reduction policies are related to broader processes of social inclusion and exclusion.
  • To illustrate that the impact of crime falls most heavily on the poorest and most excluded sections of society.
  • To demonstrate that crime and victimization play a major role in exclusionary processes and policies.


While criminologists have long associated crime with lower-class offenders, the relationship between ...

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