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Criminal Justice Theory An Introduction

ISBN-10: 0415490979
ISBN-13: 9780415490979
Edition: 2011
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Book details

Copyright year: 2011
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Group
Publication date: 12/9/2011
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 280
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.924
Language: English

This book provides a comprehensive introduction to criminal justice theory, examining the theoretical foundations of criminal justice in the modern era, while considering the areas of legal philosophy and ethics, explaining criminal behaviour (criminological theory), policing, the court process and punishment or penology, and discusses these in the context of socio-economic debates about the risk and surveillance state. The constituent parts are linked by a guiding left realist theoretical thread which provides a hybrid of the social progress, conflict and carceral models of criminal justice but which recognises our interest and collusion in the creation of the increasingly pervasive socio-control matrix which characterises contemporary society. These complex theoretical issues are nevertheless addressed in an accessible student-friendly style in a text which is relevant for students studying a wide range of undergraduate criminal justice modules and for those commencing postgraduate studies in the disciplines of criminal justice, criminology and law.

Introduction: modernity and criminal justice
The European Enlightenment and the rise of the modern age
Criminal justice in the pre modern era
Social contract theory and utilitarianism
Modern societies
Four models of criminal justice development
The structure of this book
Explaining crime and criminal behaviour
The rational actor model
The predestined actor model
The victimised actor model
Integrated theories
Postscript
The philosophy of law and legal ethics
Analytic jurisprudence
Normative jurisprudence
Critical legal theory
Islamic jurisprudence and Sharia law
Policing modern society
A brief history of the police
Policing and social context since the Second World War
Policing contemporary society
Policing and the four models of criminal justice development
The legal process in modern society
Criminal justice agencies
Criminal justice 'system' or 'process'
The criminal justice process in context
Adversarial and inquisitorial criminal justice processes
Models of the criminal justice process
International law
International human rights law
Punishment in modern society
The purpose of punishment
Utilitarianism
Deterrence
Incapacitation
Determinism
Rehabilitation
Retribution
Just deserts
Reparation
Restitution
The politics of punishment
Youth justice in modern society
Young people, discipline, control
From justice to welfarism
Youth justice and populist Conservatism
Youth justice and New Labour
Reflections on the management of contemporary youth crime
Conclusions
Conclusions: the future of criminal justice
Criminal justice in an age of moral uncertainty
The schizophrenia of crime
Crime as normal and non pathological
New modes of governance
Crime and the risk society
Loi'c Wacquant and the government of insecurity
Racial inequality and imprisonment in contemporary USA
Four peculiar institutions
Carceral recruitment and authority
Conclusions: living in penal society
Notes
References
Author index
Subject index

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