A Philosophy of the Social Construction of Crime

David Polizzi

A Philosophy of the Social Construction of Crime

David Polizzi

Distributed for Policy Press at the University of Bristol

104 pages | 5 x 7 3/4 | © 2015
Cloth $60.00 ISBN: 9781447327325 Published January 2016 For Sale in USA and Canada Only
While the general public is only beginning to grasp it, the fact that the social definition of individuals and groups plays a major role in how they are addressed by law enforcement has become common knowledge among scholars. This book sets that understanding for the first time in a philosophical context, showing how we can use phenomenology to help us understand how and why police make decisions about legitimacy and illegality based on social constructions. Written by an internationally known specialist in the intersection of criminology and philosophy, the book will be essential reading for scholars and students in both fields and for those working with social policy as well.
Contents

Introduction

The Phenomenology of the Social Construction of Crime: Its structural phenomenology

The Social Construction of Criminal Behavior: Toward a phenomenology of strain

Concluding Reflections 

Review Quotes
Anthony Amatrudo, Middlesex University
“There is nobody else who could so commandingly occupy the disciplines of criminology, philosophy, and psychology to write such a book. It will become the standard text.”
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