Values in Criminology and Community Justice

Edited by Malcolm Cowburn, Marian Duggan, Anne Robinson, and Paul Senior

Values in Criminology and Community Justice

Edited by Malcolm Cowburn, Marian Duggan, Anne Robinson, and Paul Senior

Distributed for Bristol University Press

408 pages | 6 3/4 x 9 1/2 | © 2013
Paper $55.00 ISBN: 9781447300366 Published August 2015 For sale in North and South America only
Cloth $120.00 ISBN: 9781447300359 Published October 2013 For sale in North and South America only
The stated values of criminologists, policy makers, and researchers don’t always correspond with their responses to crime. This collection parses the many different “sides” these professionals take on issues relating to victims and offenders, punishment and protection, and rights and responsibilities. Drawing on empirical research, crime theory, and criminal justice practice, the contributors explore such topics as the dynamics of race, gender, and age; the workings of the criminal justice system; the ethics of research; and current debates about new criminological issues such as the green movement and Islamophobia.

A brief introduction

Notes on contributors

Section One: Values of criminological theories

1              Judging offenders:  the moral implications of criminological theories

                Simon Cottee

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

                Liz Austen with Malcolm Cowburn

3              Marxist criminology: whose side, which values?

                David Moxon

4              A contemporary reflection on feminist criminology: whose side are we on?

                Victoria Lavis and Tammi Walker

5              Bringing the boys back home: re-engendering criminology

                Anthony Ellis and Maggie Wykes

6              New ‘racisms’ and prejudices? The criminalisation of ‘Asians’

                Sunita Toor

7              The value(s) of cultural criminology

                James Banks and David Moxon

8              Justifying ‘green’ criminology: values and ‘taking sides’ in an ecologically informed social science

                Gary R. Potter

Section 2: Values in criminal justice

9              A moral in the story? Virtues, values and desistance from crime

                Fergus McNeill and Stephen Farrall

10           The value of values in probation practice?

                Jean Henderson

11           Developments in police education in England and Wales: values, culture and ‘common sense’ policing

                Craig Paterson and Ed Pollock

12           Race, religion and human rights: valuable lessons from prison

                Muzammil Quraishi

13           The public-private divide: which side is criminal justice on?

                Stephen Riley

14           Working with victims: values and validations

                Marian Duggan

15           Money as the measure of man: values and value in the politics of reparation

                Claire Moon

Section Three: Values in research, policy and practice

16           The Emperor’s new clothes: can Big Society deliver criminal justice?

                Kevin Wong

17           What’s valuable, what’s valued in today’s youth justice?

                Anne Robinson

18           Economic values and evidence: evaluating criminal justice policy

                Kevin Albertson, Katherine Albertson, Chris Fox and Dan Ellingworth

19           Reflections on values and ethics in narrative inquiry with (ex-)offenders

                Paula Hamilton and Katherine Albertson

20           Working with different values: extremism, hate and sex crimes

                Malcolm Cowburn, Marian Duggan and Ed Pollock

21           Value for money? The politics of contract research

                Paul Senior


Review Quotes
Robert Canton, De Montfort University of Leicester
“This book is an essential corrective to the tendency to discuss criminal justice solely in terms of effectiveness, efficiency, and economy. Well-known scholars are joined by newer voices in this wide-ranging and inter-disciplinary collection to show that criminal justice is irreducibly concerned with values and moral judgments.”   
Loraine Gelsthorpe, University of Cambridge and president of the British Society of Criminology
“This is a timely, imaginative, and thoughtful book that sets a new agenda for criminology. Examining allegiances and rights in different areas of criminological research, policy, and practice, the contributors pose some searching questions about values and ‘whose side we are on’.” 
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