Routledge studies in crime and society ; 9.
"It is a widespread assumption that crime and criminality can be explained as a consequence of declining morality and that crime can be brought under control by creating stronger communities. This book offers a critical exploration of the theory, policy and rhetoric that unpin this notion and the dangers that it presents to both controlling crime and (re)building civil society.This book examines the relationship between criminality and community decline and critically engages with the underlying political and ideological assumptions that inform this relationship. In so doing, Simon Green illuminates the underlying values, assumptions and theories that shape and direct government rhetoric and policies about crime control and to expose the hidden dangers and contradictions within them. "-- Provided by publisher. "Political leaders and the popular press tell us that society is in the grip of a moral crisis. 'Where have our values gone?' our newspapers scream at us. 'Benefit scroungers', 'greedy bankers', 'intrusive journalists', 'have-a-go rioters', political scandals and criminals of all shapes and sizes are continually cited as evidence that we live in a modern-day Gomorrah. Criminologists have studied this in several ways, including: media representations of crime, mass incarceration, hooliganism and the exercise of power and control through communities. What criminologists have not studied is the place of morality in shaping public debate about understanding crime and how this then shapes crime control strategies. Rather than dismiss statements about community breakdown, 'broken society' and irresponsibility as ideological, self-justificatory rhetoric, what happens when we take these claims seriously? What do they tell us about the causes of crime? How do they shape the crime control agenda? How else might we begin to understand and explain the relationship between crime and society? Navigating between criminological concerns about control and governance and social theories about culture and identity, this book explores what is meant by crime, community and morality and puts this meaning to the test. Discussion of a new theory of rule-breaking, combined with an analysis of how our justice system is becoming maladapted, makes this essential reading for criminologists around the globe, as well as those general readers interested in the causes of crime"-- Provided by publisher.
Formatted Contents Note
1. Crime and the community 2. Punishment and the community 3. Community, ideology and utopia 4. The politics of moral degeneration 5. Getting a sense of community 6. Late-modernity, insecurity and identity 7. Community, or intimacy?