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Crime and Criminal Justice: Past and Present

TURNER, Jo and Corteen, Karen (2022) Crime and Criminal Justice: Past and Present. In: Forensic Psychology, Crime and Policing: Key Issues and Practical Debates. Policy Press, Bristol, pp. 91-96. ISBN 9781447359418

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Only by understanding the past and its relationship with, and impact upon, the present can the notion of ‘crime’ and criminal justice responses to it be understood. This is the focus of the chapter. It discusses the social construction of crime and in so doing it illustrates how the concept of crime is contested and contextual. Through looking at the past and the present, it can be seen that what constitutes crime changes over time, place and culture. This chapter demonstrates that in social, political and media spheres there is an obsession with street crime and that crimes of the powerful are neglected. Therefore, the concept of ‘crime’ excludes many serious harms. Finally, this chapter discusses changes in policing, the court system and punishment, and it documents the impact of recent technological changes on crime and criminal justice.

Item Type: Book Chapter, Section or Conference Proceeding
Faculty: School of Law, Policing and Forensics > Sociology, Criminology and Terrorism
Depositing User: Jo TURNER
Date Deposited: 01 Mar 2024 13:49
Last Modified: 01 Mar 2024 13:49

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