Ideology, Crime and Criminal Justice: A Symposium in Honour of Sir Leon Radzinowicz

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A. E. Bottoms, Michael H. Tonry
Willan, 2002 - Law - 184 pages
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In wide-ranging chapters, the contributors -- all leading scholars of crime and criminal justice -- debate some of the central issues of ideology, crime and criminal justice, including morality and policing. Two of the chapters focus on the history of criminal justice. Clive Emsley, in a major historiographical essay, examines the history of British policing, situating this within a broader European perspective. Sean McConville explores the contours of criminal justice history, focussing on the experience of Irish political prisoners and how they tested the limits of the criminal justice system in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. A second major theme is the history and development and criminological thought. David Garland looks at the ideas expressed in Radzinowicz's Ideology and Crime, considers their salience in the context of the beginning of the twenty-first century, and tests them against the development of criminological thought over the last thirty years. Anthony Bottoms writes on the relations between crime and morality, the reasons why people comply with law, and examines the public policy issues arising from this debate. A third theme is criminal justice policy. Alison Liebling traces the history of dispersal prisons for high security prisoners, while Roger Hood analyses the vexing question of the influence of systematoic criminological knowledge on policy, and the dilemmas this has generated. These chapters were originally presented as papers at the Radzinowicz Commemoration Symposium convened in Cambridge in March 2001. The book is offered as a tribute to the founding Director of the Institute of Criminology at the University of Cambridge, who was also the first professor of criminology to be appointed in any British university.

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Anthony Bottoms is Professor Emeritus of Criminology at the University of Sheffield, and was Wolfson Professor of Criminology at Cambridge University until 2006.

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