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The Politics of Crime Control by Kevin Stenson

The Politics of Crime Control


The Politics of Crime Control by Kevin Stenson

What is meant by crime, crime prevention and crime control? Who defines the acts which are deemed as criminal? Who devises the sanctions and who acts as agents of social control? This timely and challenging book brings together a group of leading international criminologists from all sides of the political spectrum. They first examine the formation and implementation of official crime prevention and control policies. In the second part they look at a range of critical perspectives which explore the definition of crime and discuss proposals for its prevention and control.


`This little collection of essays is one of the most interesting and relevant criminological texts I have read in some time....this veritable feast of short essays....It is a powerful and useful collection, not just in terms of the platform it gives to criminologists of markedly different persuasions simply to spell out their agendas for the 1990s and beyond, and the intellectual responsibility it places directly on the reader to compare and contrast the strength and weaknesses of these different positions....The book is too rich in diversity of content for exhaustive review here....This is a refreshing and highly stimulating contribution to criminological debate - much needed in the criminological and political climate of Britain in 1992. It ought to be read by any student of criminology interested in the perplexity of issues involved in `thinking seriously
about crime in 1992, as distinct from working to some prepackaged theoretical or empirical school

.' - Ian Taylor, Criminal Justice, Magazine of the Howard League

`This is the most useful collection of disparate ideas about crime control from an international group of authors, and credit must go to the editors for bringing such a wide range of political analyses of crime together.' - BSA Network

`such a high fibre intellectual diet is ultimately worth it, allowing us to view a familiar world from the vantage point of alternative discourses, from the observatory of the abolitionist Left to the space station of the libertarian Right.' - Probation Journal

`The essays are of particular contemporary interest.' - International Review of Administrative Sciences

`Given the importance of crime control as a contested political issue, this is a timely book. It is also a particularly ambitious book. Aimed at a student readership, the editors set themselves a number of objectives, some of which remain elusive, but many of which they meet. They should be congratulated for three prinicpal achievements. First, they succeed in bringing together under one text a broad spectrum of authors whom one would otherwise not expect to see sharing the same pages. Second, they have successfully ensured that the contributions are written in an accessible and lively form. A number of the contributions devote welcome space to introducing the perspective from which they are working. And finally, they have drawn together contributions which not only focus upon British criminological debates but also encompass issues and perspectives from North America and the European mainland.... It is refreshing to find an edited text which draws upon and engages with the issues pertinent to both continents.... As a collection of discrete essays this book has much to offer the reader by way of an introduction to particular issues in crime prevention and control and as a `taster
of divergent criminological perspectives

.... The book does... provide useful material for teachers of criminology and deserves a prominent place on any reading list. It will also undoubtedly encourage students into wider reading by whetting their appetites for criminological argument and debate.' - British Journal of Criminology

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Publication date

23rd October 1991


Kevin Stenson

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SAGE Publications Ltd


238 pages


Central government policies
Causes & prevention of crime



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