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The Politics of Injustice

The Politics of Injustice
Crime and Punishment in America

Second Edition

December 2003 | 272 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
Examining the role of crime in American politics and culture, The Politics of Injustice, Second Edition provides a better understanding of the nature of crime and punishment in America, as well as the cultural and political contexts in which they occur.

Updated throughout, this book will be of interest to students in all areas of Criminology especially those involved in critical issues in Criminal Justice.

Chapter 1. Criminal Justice Expansion
Explaining the Expansion of the Penal System

Outline of the Book

Chapter 2. Crime in the United States
Crime in Historical Perspective

Crime in Comparative Perspective


Chapter 3. Murder, American Style
Popular Explanations of Violence


Inequality and Homicide


Chapter 4. The Politics of Crime
The Origins of the Discourse of Law and Order

From the War on Poverty to the War on Crime

From the War on Crime to the War on Drugs


Chapter 5. Crime in the Media
Crime in the News

Crime as Entertainment

The Police Drama

The Crime Film

The "Reality-Based" Cop Show

Media Imagery and Public Opinion


Chapter 6. Crime and Public Opinion
Fear of Crime

Crime as a Social Problem

Popular Punitiveness

Understanding Popular Punitiveness

Alternatives to Punitiveness

Minority Dissent


Chapter 7. Activism and the Politics of Crime
Community-Based Crime Prevention Efforts

The Victim Rights Movement

Adverasarial Activism: Human Rights Campaigns Against Police Brutality, Capital Punishment, and the War on Drugs


Chapter 8. Crime and Public Policy
Drug Policing
Punitive Sentencing

Return of Capital Punishment

Retreat From Juvenile Justice

Prisoner Warehousing

The Surveillance Society

Criminal Justice and Democracy


Chapter 9. Alternatives
Social Investment

Harm Reduction

Alternative Sentencing

Rehabilitating Reintegration

Toward Disarmament

Community Policing



Perfect fit for my race, politics, and injustice class

Dr Mark Leymon
Criminology and Criminal Justice, Portland State University
September 12, 2013

Was looking for a text more focused on women-- will use this as a supplemental text

Dr Angela Barlow
Sociology Anthropology Dept, East Tennessee State University
July 24, 2013

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