Revisiting the ’Ideal Victim’

Developments in Critical Victimology

Edited by Marian Duggan

Revisiting the ’Ideal Victim’

Edited by Marian Duggan

Distributed for Bristol University Press

320 pages | 6 1/4 x 9 1/4
Cloth $115.00 ISBN: 9781447338765 Will Publish August 2018 For sale in North and South America only

In a seminal 1986 paper, criminologist Nils Christie laid out the notion of an ideal crime victim, ie, the type of victim most likely to draw widespread public sympathy and support. Christie’s theories are challenged and redrawn in this edited collection of vibrant and provocative essays that respond to and update the concept from a range of thematic positions. Each chapter celebrates and commemorates his work by analyzing, evaluating, and critiquing the current nature and impact of victim identity, experience, policy, and practice. The collection expands the focus and remit of victim studies, addressing key themes around race, gender, faith, ability, and age, while encompassing new and diverse issues. Examples include sex workers as victims of hate crimes, victims’ experiences of online fraud, and recognizing historic child sexual abuse victims in Ireland. With contributions from an array of academics this book evaluates the contemporary relevance and applicability of Christie’s “ideal victim” and creates an important platform for thinking differently about victimhood in the twenty-first century.

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