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Social Dynamics of Crime and Control

New Theories for a World in Transition

Editor(s): Susanne Karstedt, Kai Bussmann
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Published: 04-07-2000
Format: Paperback
Edition: 1st
Extent: 400
ISBN: 9781841131641
Imprint: Hart Publishing
Series: Oñati International Series in Law and Society
Dimensions: 234 x 156 mm
RRP : £41.99
 

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About Social Dynamics of Crime and Control

This book assembles essays by leading scholars in their fields of criminology and socio-legal studies. John Braithwaite, John Hagan, Jack Katz, Nicola Lacey, Michael Levi, Joan McCord, Dario Melossi, Steven Messner and Richard Rosenfeld explore new directions in contemporary theorising about the impact of social and cultural dynamics on crime and social control. These essays have in common that they transcend disciplinary boundaries by combining criminological and socio-legal perspectives; in so doing they bring fresh perspectives to the analysis of crime in market societies and in the global market place. The authors do not share the apocalyptic and dramatic predictions of rising crime rates, but are aware of the "double movement" of social change and the counteracting forces that emerge in its course. These essays promote an integrative perspective that bridges the gap between etiological criminology and a constructionist approach as well as between explanatory and normative theory.

Table Of Contents

1. Introduction: Social Change as a Challenge for Criminological Theory
Susanne Karstedt and Kai-D. Bussmann

PART I: CRIME AND THE SOCIAL DYNAMICS OF MARKETS

2. Market Dominance, Crime and Globalisation
Steven F. Messner and Richard Rosenfeld

3. Subterranean Sources of Subcultural Delinquency Beyond the American Dream
John Hagan, Gerd Hefler, Gabriele Classen, Klaus Boehnke, and Hans Merkens

4. Knights of Crime: The Success of “Pre-Modern” Structures in the Illegal Economy
Susanne Karstedt

5. Extortion, Corruption and Trust: A Structural-Constructionist Perspective
Thomas Ohlemacher

PART II: SOCIAL DYNAMICS AND THE LIMITS OF LEGAL CONTROL

6. Republican Theory, the Good Society and Crime Control
John Braithwaite

7. After the Welfare State: Whither Informal Law?
Wolfgang Ludwig-Mayerhofer

8. Shaming and the Regulation of Fraud and Business “Misconduct”: Some Preliminary Explorations
Michael Levi

9. Multinational Firms as Agents of Civic Virtues
Erhard Blankenburg

PART III: CULTURAL DYNAMICS: CONTEXTS OF CRIME AND CONTROL

10. Translating Social Control: Reflections on the Comparison of Italian and North-American Cultures Concerning Social Control, with a Few Consequences for a “Critical” Criminology 143
Dario Melossi

11. “Community” and Governance: A Cultural Comparison
Nicola Lacey and Lucia Zedner

12. The Gang Myth
Jack Katz

13. Explaining the Absence of Violence: A Comparative Approach
Willem de Haan

PART IV: THE INDIVIDUAL IN A DYNAMIC SOCIETY: CHALLENGES AND CHANCES

14. Desistance from Crime: Life History, Turning Points and Implications for Theory Construction in Criminology
Elmar G. M Weitekamp, Hans-Jürgen Kerner, Wolfgang Stelly and Jürgen Thomas

15. A Theory of Motivation and the Life Course
Joan McCord

16. Variation, Selection and Stabilisation: An Evolutionary Theory of Crime and Control
Kai-D. Bussmann

Reviews

“…this is a very worthwhile collection of papers on important questions for criminologists to consider.” –  Clive Coleman, New Law Journal

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