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The Politics of Injustice
Crime and Punishment in America

Second Edition


July 2012 | 272 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
Examining the role of crime in American politics and culture, The Politics of Injustice, Second Edition provides a better understanding of the nature of crime and punishment in America, as well as the cultural and political contexts in which they occur.

Updated throughout, this book will be of interest to students in all areas of Criminology especially those involved in critical issues in Criminal Justice.

 
Preface
 
Acknowledgments
 
Chapter 1. Criminal Justice Expansion
Explaining the Expansion of the Penal System

 
Outline of the Book

 
 
Chapter 2. Crime in the United States
Crime in Historical Perspective

 
Crime in Comparative Perspective

 
Conclusion

 
 
Chapter 3. Murder, American Style
Popular Explanations of Violence

 
Guns

 
Inequality and Homicide

 
Conclusion

 
 
Chapter 4. The Politics of Crime
The Origins of the Discourse of Law and Order

 
From the War on Poverty to the War on Crime

 
From the War on Crime to the War on Drugs

 
Conclusion

 
 
Chapter 5. Crime in the Media
Crime in the News

 
Crime as Entertainment

 
The Police Drama

 
The Crime Film

 
The "Reality-Based" Cop Show

 
Media Imagery and Public Opinion

 
Conclusion

 
 
Chapter 6. Crime and Public Opinion
Fear of Crime

 
Crime as a Social Problem

 
Popular Punitiveness

 
Understanding Popular Punitiveness

 
Alternatives to Punitiveness

 
Minority Dissent

 
Conclusion

 
 
Chapter 7. Activism and the Politics of Crime
Community-Based Crime Prevention Efforts

 
The Victim Rights Movement

 
Adverasarial Activism: Human Rights Campaigns Against Police Brutality, Capital Punishment, and the War on Drugs

 
Conclusion

 
 
Chapter 8. Crime and Public Policy
 
Drug Policing
Punitive Sentencing

 
Return of Capital Punishment

 
Retreat From Juvenile Justice

 
Prisoner Warehousing

 
The Surveillance Society

 
Criminal Justice and Democracy

 
Conclusion

 
 
Chapter 9. Alternatives
Social Investment

 
Harm Reduction

 
Alternative Sentencing

 
Rehabilitating Reintegration

 
Toward Disarmament

 
Community Policing

 
Conclusion

 
 
Notes
 
References
 
Index

Perfect fit for my race, politics, and injustice class

Dr Mark Leymon
Criminology and Criminal Justice, Portland State University
September 12, 2013

Was looking for a text more focused on women-- will use this as a supplemental text

Dr Angela Barlow
Sociology Anthropology Dept, East Tennessee State University
July 24, 2013

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Katherine A. Beckett

Katherine Beckett, Ph.D., is Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology and in the Law, Societies and Justice Program at the University of Washington in Seattle. She teaches courses on law, culture, drugs, social control, and terrorism. She is the author of Making Crime Pay: Law and Order in Contemporary American Politics (1997), as well as numerous articles and chapters, including "How Unregulated Is the U.S. Labor Market? The Dynamics of Jobs and Jails, 1980-1995," with Bruce Western (American Journal of Sociology, 1999). More About Author

Theodore Sasson

Theodore Sasson, Ph.D., is Chair and Associate Professor of Sociology, Middlebury College, where he teaches courses in criminology, political sociology, social theory, and media studies. He has also taught sociology and criminology at Northeastern University, Boston College, and the University of Southern Maine. He is the author of Crime Talk: How Citizens Construct a Social Problem (1995), as well as numerous journal articles and book chapters. More About Author

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