Beyond Criminology: Taking Harm Seriously by Paddy Hillyard, Christina Pantazis, Dave Gordon, Steve

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Past Criminology is an leading edge, groundbreaking critique of the slim concentration of traditional criminology. The authors argue that crime varieties just a small and infrequently insignificant quantity of the damage skilled through humans. They express that, whereas customized and culture play an enormous position within the perpetuation of a few varieties of damage, many sorts of damage are rooted within the inequalities and social divisions systematically produced in -- and by way of -- modern states. Exploring a variety of issues together with violence, indifference, company and nation harms, homicide, young children, asylum and immigration guidelines, sexuality and poverty, the contributions increase a few theoretical and methodological concerns linked to a social damage method. just once we've got pointed out the origins, scale and effects of social harms, they argue, do we start to formulate attainable responses -- and those usually tend to be situated in public and social coverage than within the felony justice process. The ebook offers an unique and hard new point of view that is going past criminology -- one that might be of curiosity to scholars, academics and coverage makers.

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If we view globalisation as ‘hyper-liberalism’ (Cox, 1993b: 272), it is possible to link this idea to the claim by some that there has occurred a conscious process of hegemony (re)construction, key agents of which have been large multinational companies, right-wing governments and politicians, particularly from the US and Britain, and right-wing academics (Gill 1990; Cox 1993b; Snider, 2000). Globalisation tendencies are symbiotically linked to deflationary macro-economic policies. Of course, such policies, in the name of ‘adjustment’, have been rigorously pursued within many national states under pressure from a range of international economic and financial institutions including the IMF, the World Bank, the G-8,7 the OECD and, more recently if at least post-Seattle increasingly infamously, by the WTO.

Alongside this valorisation of private economic activity has occurred a sustained attack on state, public and, in particular, regulatory activity. Bureaucracy has become a pejorative term, the public sector increasingly understood in terms of waste and inefficiency, while the phraseology of Hillyard 01 chap01 41 9/8/04 12:44:31 pm 42 BEYOND CRIMINOLOGY ‘burdens on business’ and ‘red tape’ to refer to law regulating economic activity has become very common currency, with the unquestioned implication being that such burdens and tape should be reduced as far as possible.

These new political realities are now observable in a number of areas. First, any country which wishes to be a member of the new club must make its economy business friendly. This has been most observable in Britain where a succession of New Labour ministers have stated the aim of the Labour government as being to make Britain the most business friendly environment in the world (see Osler, 2002, passim). Second, states must look favourably on the competitive context of their key corporate players and make sure that they are on an ‘even playing field’.

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