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The Politics of Injustice
Crime and Punishment in America

Second Edition


December 2003 | 272 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc

Published in Association with ASA, ASC, ACJS, American Political Science Assoc.

Examining the role of crime in American politics and culture, The Politics of Injustice, Second Edition provides a better understanding of the nature of crime and punishment in America, as well as the cultural and political contexts in which they occur.

Updated throughout, this book will be of interest to students in all areas of Criminology especially those involved in critical issues in Criminal Justice.

 
Preface
 
Acknowledgments
 
Chapter 1. Criminal Justice Expansion
Explaining the Expansion of the Penal System  
Outline of the Book  
 
Chapter 2. Crime in the United States
Crime in Historical Perspective  
Crime in Comparative Perspective  
Conclusion  
 
Chapter 3. Murder, American Style
Popular Explanations of Violence  
Guns  
Inequality and Homicide  
Conclusion  
 
Chapter 4. The Politics of Crime
The Origins of the Discourse of Law and Order  
From the War on Poverty to the War on Crime  
From the War on Crime to the War on Drugs  
Conclusion  
 
Chapter 5. Crime in the Media
Crime in the News  
Crime as Entertainment  
The Police Drama  
The Crime Film  
The "Reality-Based" Cop Show  
Media Imagery and Public Opinion  
Conclusion  
 
Chapter 6. Crime and Public Opinion
Fear of Crime  
Crime as a Social Problem  
Popular Punitiveness  
Understanding Popular Punitiveness  
Alternatives to Punitiveness  
Minority Dissent  
Conclusion  
 
Chapter 7. Activism and the Politics of Crime
Community-Based Crime Prevention Efforts  
The Victim Rights Movement  
Adverasarial Activism: Human Rights Campaigns Against Police Brutality, Capital Punishment, and the War on Drugs  
Conclusion  
 
Chapter 8. Crime and Public Policy
 
Drug Policing
Punitive Sentencing  
Return of Capital Punishment  
Retreat From Juvenile Justice  
Prisoner Warehousing  
The Surveillance Society  
Criminal Justice and Democracy  
Conclusion  
 
Chapter 9. Alternatives
Social Investment  
Harm Reduction  
Alternative Sentencing  
Rehabilitating Reintegration  
Toward Disarmament  
Community Policing  
Conclusion  
 
Notes
 
References
 
Index

Perfect fit for my race, politics, and injustice class

Dr Mark Leymon
Criminology and Criminal Justice, Portland State University
September 12, 2013

Was looking for a text more focused on women-- will use this as a supplemental text

Dr Angela Barlow
Sociology Anthropology Dept, East Tennessee State University
July 24, 2013

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