Postmodernism and criminological thought : ‘Whose science? Whose knowledge?’

AUSTEN, Liz and COWBURN, Malcolm (2013). Postmodernism and criminological thought : ‘Whose science? Whose knowledge?’. In: COWBURN, Malcolm, DUGGAN, Marian, ROBINSON, Ann and SENIOR, Paul, (eds.) Values in Criminology and Community Justice. Bristol, Policy Press, 21-38.

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Abstract

The way we think about crime and the way that society responds to it are imbued with values that can determine what is considered important and what gets attention. Sometimes values that are claimed may not be the values expressed in practice, as we see in the multiple and confusing discourses about victims and offenders, punishment and protection, rights and responsibilities. The collection of writings in this book considers values in crime theory, criminal justice and research practice, uncovering the many different 'sides' – to echo Howard Becker's famous phrase – that criminologists, policy makers and researchers take. This specific chapter focuses on postmodernism and the challenge of taking sides.

Item Type: Book Section
Research Institute, Centre or Group: Hallam Centre for Community Justice
Depositing User: Liz Austen
Date Deposited: 30 Jun 2015 13:10
Last Modified: 19 Oct 2016 21:07
URI: http://shura.shu.ac.uk/id/eprint/7588

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