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Crime in Context: A Critical Criminology of Market Societies

Crime in Context: A Critical Criminology of Market Societies

Ian Taylor

ISBN: 978-0-745-60667-5

May 1999, Polity

320 pages

In Stock

$29.95

Description

This book is a timely and wide-ranging account of the relationship between the development of a 'free market society' in Europe and North America and the fears and anxieties provoked by crime. It offers an evaluation of the theoretical schools in social theory and in criminology which continue to dominate the academy, but whose purchase on contemporary realities is everywhere slipping.
Introduction.

1. Social Transitions of the Late Twentieth Century: 'Crime' and 'Fear' in Context.

2. The Ninth Transition: The Rise of Market Society.

3. Young People, Crime and Fear in Market Societies.

4. Crime in the City: Housing Market and Consumer Markets and the Social Geography of Crime and Anxiety in Market Society.

5. Fraudsters and Villains: the Private Temptations of Market Society.

6. Lethal Markets: the Legal and Illegal Economies in Firearms.

7. The Market in Social Control.

8. Crime in the Future(s) Market.

Bibliography.

Notes.

Index.

'With this book, Ian Taylor confirms his standing as one of the most thoughtful students of crime and society writing anywhere in the world today. Crime in Context is well-reasoned, wide-ranging and important - a major contribution to our understanding of the ways in which the enormous social and economic transformations of our time are reshaping the problems of crime and social order.' Elliott Currie, University of California, Berkeley

'This timely book will be useful both to students and professional criminologists in that it puts late twentieth-century developments in crime and disorder within a broad social and historical context. There is no other book that does this. I have no doubt that it will find a wide and enthusiastic audience.' Jock Young, Middlesex University


"This book is a scholarly and finely crafted account of the major social transformations wrought by marketisation and the consequences of this for crime and social order. Its theoretical and policy relevance make it a landmark text for a wide readership seeking a more critical grasp of crime and criminology in a global market world." Andrew Pithouse, Cardiff University

* A wide-ranging analysis of theories of crime and their relevance today.
* Develops a new approach to crime from a perspective informed by social theory, arguing that crime must be analyzed in its social context and in relation the changes brought about by the development of markets and market relations in contemporary societies.
* Includes chapters on youth crime, the social and cultural geography of urban crime and urban fear and the significance of firearms and other weapons.
* The author is very well-known in criminology and sociology and is one of the leading figures in the field.
* A wide-ranging analysis of theories of crime and their relevance today.
* Develops a new approach to crime from a perspective informed by social theory, arguing that crime must be analyzed in its social context and in relation the changes brought about by the development of markets and market relations in contemporary societies.
* Includes chapters on youth crime, the social and cultural geography of urban crime and urban fear and the significance of firearms and other weapons.
* The author is very well-known in criminology and sociology and is one of the leading figures in the field.