Contemporary Critical Criminology (Key Ideas in Criminology) by Walter S. DeKeseredy

By Walter S. DeKeseredy

The idea that of serious criminology – that crime and the current day approaches of criminalization are rooted within the middle constructions of society – is of extra relevance this day than it's been at the other time. Written by means of an across the world well known student, modern severe Criminology introduces the main up to date empirical, theoretical, and political contributions made via serious criminologists world wide. In its exploration of this fabric, the e-book additionally demanding situations the inaccurate yet largely held thought that the severe criminological venture is particular to routinely making use of theories to substantial themes, or to uncomplicated calling for radical political, financial, cultural, and social variations. This publication is a necessary resource of reference for either undergraduate and postgraduate scholars of Criminology, legal conception, Social coverage, learn method, and Penology.

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Gender is the “sociocultural and psychological shaping, patterning, and evaluating of female and male behavior” (Schur, 1984, p. 10). Sex, on the other hand, refers to the biologically based categories of “female” and “male,” which are stable across history and cultures (Dragiewicz, 2009). For example, violent crimes are committed mainly by men, but many societies have much lower rates of violence than those of the United States, the Russian Federation, or Columbia (Currie, 2008a; Krug, Dahlberg, and Mercy, 2002).

Such work is much needed because corporate crime is endemic to capitalist societies, and good theories on this problem help us find effective solutions. As Kurt Lewin (1951), the founder of modern social psychology, correctly pointed out, “There is nothing so practical as a good theory” (p. 169). The same can be said of good theories of street crime, violence against women behind closed doors, hate crime, and a myriad of other harms. Critical criminologists recognize this, and since the late 1980s, a growing mass of them have crafted and tested theories of interpersonal victimization.

Critical criminology, too, is guilty of devoting selective inattention to rural issues (Donnermeyer and DeKeseredy, 2008). However, today there is a growth in critical criminological analyses of rural crime and societal reactions to it, such as the 21 22 critical criminology work of Hogg and Carrington (2006) in Australia, DeKeseredy and Schwartz’s (2009) feminist research on separation/divorce sexual assault in rural Ohio, and UK scholars Chakraborti and Garland’s (2004) contribution to a critical understanding of rural racism.

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