Crime: Local and Global Paperback – 1 Aug 2009
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'Finally, a text that reveals the new contours of crime and social harm- state terrorism, human trafficking, crimes against the environment and in cyberspace .. Intellectually demanding - yet student friendly.' Professor David Nelken Distinguished Professor, Cardiff Law school
'This book brings criminology into the twenty-first century. It masterfully blends the local and the global in a carefully edited volume that students will find simply fascinating. Each chapter critically analizes all sides of the issue at hand and uses various types of sources to engage students' interest. I commend the authors and editors on an excellent text.' Professor Rosemary Barbaret, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, New York'
The domain of criminology is changing very rapidly in this age of globalisation. Yet, there are still very few textbooks available that map out this new global criminological field on urban developments, cybercrime, human trafficking, corporate crime, eco crime and crimes against humanity as clearly, comprehensive and concise as Crime: Local and Global. An excellent course book.' Professor Rene van Swaaningen (Erasmus University, Rotterdam)
'This well referenced book is a must for readers interested in the shifting boundaries of modern society, who wish to engage in some original and challenging thinking. While the book is clearly designed for the third level student, it is highly accessible for the general reader. It iwll be interesting to see how society reacts to the issues posed in this book, and whether we can construct solutions which will give satisfactory outcomes.' - Maria O'Neill, University of Abertay Dundee, in SCOLAG Journal Dec 2010
'In addition to the subjects mentioned the book covers equally prominent global matters such as corporate crime, gender abuse and people trafficking. By placing the label of crime alongside concepts of harm, transgression, violence and power, we are invited to consider these topics within a framework of globalised criminology that challenges that notions and concepts of traditional criminology. There is more work to be done on defining what constitutes a global criminology and this volume is an important contributor to that debate.'
-Neil Stone, Wales Probation Trust, in EuroVista Journal vol 2, issue 1 2012
About the Author
John Muncie is Professor of Criminology at The Open University.
Deborah Talbot is Lecturer in Criminology at The Open University.
Reece Walters is Professor of Criminology at The Open University.
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The book consists of seven chapters - each by various authors (and, as a whole, is edited by John Muncie, Deborah Talbot and Reece Walters). Each author contributes in terms of their particular area of expertise. The first chapter is perhaps the most interesting, as it asks the broadest questions - and seeks to decipher what the concept of 'crime' means and involves. In so doing, it makes use of various approaches - from 19th century positivism to 21st century social constructionism. Each of the remaining chapters focuses on a particular topic: urban segregation; cybercrime; gender abuse; corporate power; eco-crime; and state crime.
The book is written in an accessible manner, and is intended to help guide students. It does have a companion text: 'Criminal Justice' (2010), which I also recommend. If you're studying criminology and any of the topics I've just identified are relevant to you, then you'll probably find this book useful.
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