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By Stephen Hester, Peter Eglin

ISBN-10: 0415073693

ISBN-13: 9780415073691

Designed instead to standard texts on criminology, "A Sociology of Crime" departs from the normal quandary with felony behaviour and its reasons to stress the socially developed nature of crime. Taking a standpoint from radical sociology, Stephen Hester and Peter Elgin argue that crime is a made of social strategies which determine definite acts and people as legal. of their exploration of this topic, Hester and Elgin use 3 top ways in modern sociological thought - ethnomethodology, symbolic interactionism, and structural clash idea. They observe each one of those tips on how to an in depth examine of the anatomy of crime, whilst reviewing different major criminological views on either side of the Atlantic, together with the feminist one. They specialise in 3 major subject matters: making crime through making legal legislations; making crime by way of implementing felony legislations; and making crime by way of the management of legal justice within the courts. overseas in outlook, "A Sociology of Crime" includes fabric from the united states, Britain and Canada that's heavily associated with the theoretical methods mentioned. This ebook may be of curiosity to undergraduates and postgraduates in criminology and sociology.

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26 A sociology of crime In summary, with respect to the study of crime, critical or structural-conflict theory considers the following issues: 1 What social relations and whose interests are served by the criminalization of certain forms of behaviour? 2 How are those relations and interests reproduced in the administration of justice through the courts? 3 How are those relations and interests served through the organization and operation of police work? KEY ISSUES IN TlDS BOOK We shall then be using these three approaches to focus on three central issues in the study of crime: 1 Making crime by making law; 2 Making crime through law enforcement (the police); 3 Making crime through the administration ofjustice (the courts).

This social constructionist perspective has been employed in studies of law creation with respect to several kinds of deviance, including drug use, cigarette smoking, drunkenness, drinking and driving, sexual psychopathy, homosexuality, prostitution, juvenile delinquency, child abuse, wife abuse and rape, amongst others. Rather than provide extended lists of references we recommend the reader consult Gladstone et aL (1991). the recen t collection by Best (1989), Manning (1985), the text by Conrad and Schneider (1980), Hagan's (1980) very useful, if now somewhat dated, review, or such journals as Social Problems, Law and Society Review, British Jmtrnal of Law and Society, Canadian Jmtrnal of Law and Society and InternationalJournal of the Sociology of Law.

This question can be addressed from each of the three perspectives outlined in the previous chapter. In this chapter we shall be making use of the symbolic interactionist or, more precisely, the social constructionist perspective on the origin and development of criminal law. However, to throw into relief its distinctive features, we begin with a summary account of the structural consensus approach to criminal law. This is not only useful for expository purposes but it also corresponds to the chronology of the application of sociological theory to this issue.

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