Essays on social justice and criminal justice

The Centre for Crime and Justice Studies at Kings College London has published a set of essays based on contributions and papers from a two day conference held by the Centre earlier this year.

This collection of essays from more than 20 researchers and academics highlights how the government has failed to tackle deep-rooted social injustice. Published as part of our Harm and Society project, the collection explores themes such as the impact of historically high levels of inequality, endemic violence against women and the increasing reliance on criminal justice measures to manage social problems.

Table of contents below the fold.



Introduction – Rebecca Roberts and Will McMahon

Neoliberalism and New Labour

Neoliberalism, crime and justice – Professor Robert Reiner
New Labour – social transformation and social order – Will McMahon
‘Punitiveness’ and ‘populism’ in political economic perspective – Richard Garside
A new direction for penal politics? Putting the popular back into populism – Emma Bell
Tough on… what? New Labour’s war on crime statistics – Dr Phil Edwards
New Labour, New Legitimacy? The ‘making punishment work’ agenda and the limits of penal reform – Dr David Scott

Violence against women

Constructions of harm and crime in drug facilitated sexual assault – Dr Miranda Horvath and Professor Jennifer Brown
‘It’s fine as long as she’s not doing it out of force’: Paying for sex – harmful and/or criminal? – Maddy Coy
Domestic violence policies under New Labour: wasted years? – Dr Aisha Gill and Lorraine Radford

Considering a social harm perspective

Social harm and social policy in Britain – Professor Danny Dorling
Gendered harm and the limits of criminology – Dr Christina Pantazis
Social harm and supranational criminology, post-Maastricht 2007 – Professor David O. Friedrichs

Policing communities

Regeneration through discipline: Sustainable communities, liveability and the penalisation of marginality – Dr Craig Johnstone
Whose right to the city? Surveillance and policing the working class in the regenerating city – Dr Roy Coleman
The socialisation of crime control? A critique of New Labour’s ‘social’ approach to crime control – Dr Daniel Gilling
Terrorism, counter-terrorism and Muslim community engagement post 9/11 – Dr Basia Spalek and Robert Lambert

Regulating the young

The socialisation of crime policy? Evidence from the National Evaluation of the Children’s Fund – Dr Nathan Hughes, Dr Paul Mason and Dr David Prior
Early intervention to prevent youth offending – something old, anything new? – Dr Raymond Arthur
Sharing stories about Labour: youth justice strategies in New South Wales and the UK – Elaine Fishwick