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State, Power, Crime

State, Power, Crime

Edited by:
  • Roy Coleman - University of Liverpool, UK
  • Joe Sim - Liverpool John Moore's University, UK
  • Steve Tombs - Open University, UK, Liverpool John Moores University, UK
  • David Whyte - University of Liverpool, UK

October 2009 | 296 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
'Following the outstanding introduction by the authors there are fifteen excellent original articles devoted to an integrated theory of the relationship between the state and crime. This work is on the cutting edge of critical criminology. It is a must read.' - William J. Chambliss, Professor of Sociology, The George Washington University, USA.

'This book is a superb compilation of original papers by an impressive roster of authors. While the articles cover a wide range of empirical issues, from Northern Ireland and corporate crime to youth crime and heterosexual hegemony they all explore the implications, strategies and mechanisms of state power. There isn't a weak paper here: all are extensively documented, well written, persuasive and scholarly in the very best sense.' - Professor Laureen Snider, Queens University, Canada

'State, Power, Crime is a hugely important book for these times. Bringing together some of the most original minds in criminology it offers a critical analysis of the state, how it constructs crime, responds to it and, at times, engages in the very same. The book is essential reading for anyone interested in justice, freedom and equality.' - Paddy Rawlinson, London School of Economics

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.

State, Power, Crime provides:

"historical overviews of key theories about state power

" assessment of the relationship between crime, criminal justice and the state

" analysis of the development of law and order policy

" discussion of the impact of structural fissures such as gender, race and sexuality

" an overview of current research and writing

" critical reflection on the future direction of research and analysis

" 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.

Stuart Hall
Roy Coleman et al
Introduction: State, Power, Crime
Anette Ballinger
Gender, Power and the State: Same as It Ever Was?
Lois Bibbings
The Heterostate: Hegemonic Heterosexuality and State Power
Jon Burnett
Racism and the State: Authoritarianism and Coercion
Roy Coleman
Policing the Working Class in the City of Renewal: The State and Social Surveillance
Janet Jamieson and Joe Yates
Young People, Youth Justice and the State
Chris Jones and Tony Novak
Power, Politics and the Welfare State
Steve Tombs and David Whyte
The State and Corporate Crime
Penny Green and Tony Ward
Violence and the State
Paddy Hillyard
The 'Exceptional' State
Pete Gill
Intelligence, Terrorism and the State
Lynn Hancock
Crime Prevention, Community Safety and the Local State
Sandra Walklate
Victims and the State
Paul Mason
Crime, Media and the State
Reece Walters
The State, Knowledge Production and Criminology
Christina Pantazis and Simon Pemberton
Nation States and the Production of Social Harm: Resisting the Hegemony of 'TINA'

Core reading for this module

Mr Martin Dorgan
MBA, University College Cork (NUI)
May 12, 2016

Essential essay reading which is a comprehensive study of Corporate,State and Crime in which a critical analysis is developed by leading authors in criminological studies. A singularly important book which involves a wide range of criminological theoretical insights into state power and corporate crime.

Mr Martin Dorgan
MBA, University College Cork (NUI)
December 11, 2015

I have recommended this text to my students studying children, young people and crime. There is a fantastic chapter by Janet Jamieson and Joe Yates. I found this chapter and book excellent for helping students to think more critically about crime and justice!

Mr Sean Creaney
Centre for Childhood Studies, Stockport College
June 10, 2013

This represents an excellent undergraduate text which discusses an number of important issues for our Terrorism studies course. We will be asking the library to acquire some copies and recommending it to students for important further reading.

Mr Kris Christmann
Centre of Applied Criminology, Huddersfield University
January 19, 2013

First and foremost, this is an excellent text which critically explores the relationship between the state and crime. But unfortunately it is not appropriate for this particular first-year module due to it not having a clear enough relationship with the module outcomes at this level of learning. However, having inspected the book it may be able to contribute a great deal to our third year and post-graduate modules and I will pass it on to the relevant module leaders for consideration.

Mr Andrew Henley
Department of Criminology, Keele University
January 11, 2013

A fantastic book that incorporates a range of perspectives on the intersecting aspects of state, power and crime within late modernity. Building on the groundbreaking 1970s book, Policing the Crisis, State, Power, Crime situates contemporary social problems within the context of neoliberal and late modern developments.

Mr James Heydon
Business and Computing, Hull College
August 14, 2012

An excellent text which brings together the key issues surrounding the question of criminal justice and 'the state'. Well written, informative and an essential read for any social sciences students

Miss Laura Firth
Public Services, Runshaw College
July 5, 2012

An excellent collection of critical essays written by leaders in the field of state crime and critical criminology. An interesting and important range of topics with a well constructed introduction from the editors.

Dr Victoria Canning
Sociology , Liverpool John Moores University
June 23, 2011

The course that this book was intended for is cancelled.

Dr Barzoo Eliassi
Lund University, Centre for Middle-Eastern Studies
March 29, 2011

This book offers a broad critical evaluation of the relationship between the state, power and crime in liberal democratic states. Although the collection of essays primarily deals with issues within the United Kingdom, the central theme of this edition and theoretical insights offered are directly applicable in cognate jurisdictions.

Dr Gerard Coffey
Law , University of Limerick
February 17, 2011

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