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What's Left?: the prospects for social democratic criminology

Reiner, Robert (2012) What's Left?: the prospects for social democratic criminology. Crime, Media, Culture, 8 (2). pp. 135-150. ISSN 1741-6590

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Identification Number: 10.1177/1741659012444434


This paper analyses the fate of social democratic sensibility in thinking about crime and criminal justice that prevailed for most of the 20th century, until a profound rupture in culture, political economy, crime and criminal justice. The paper proposes an ideal-type of social democratic criminology, and contrasts it with the law-and-order perspective that displaced it after the 1970s. The sources and consequences of this seismic shift are analysed and evaluated. Finally, following the fracturing of the last forty years’ neoliberal hegemony in the wake of the 2008 financial crash, it considers the prospects of a revival of the social democratic perspective in criminological thinking.

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Additional Information: © 2012 The Author
Divisions: Law
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology
Date Deposited: 07 Aug 2012 11:36
Last Modified: 25 Feb 2024 00:30

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