Crime in ContextA Critical Criminology of Market Societies
This book is a timely and wide-ranging account of the relationship between the development of a 'free market society' in Europe and North America and the fears and anxieties provoked by crime. It offers an evaluation of the theoretical schools in social theory and in criminology which continue to dominate the academy, but whose purchase on contemporary realities is everywhere slipping.
Introduction. 1. Social Transitions of the Late Twentieth Century: 'Crime' and 'Fear' in Context. 2. The Ninth Transition: The Rise of Market Society. 3. Young People, Crime and Fear in Market Societies. 4. Crime in the City: Housing Market and Consumer Markets and the Social Geography of Crime and Anxiety in Market Society. 5. Fraudsters and Villains: the Private Temptations of Market Society. 6. Lethal Markets: the Legal and Illegal Economies in Firearms. 7. The Market in Social Control. 8. Crime in the Future(s) Market. Bibliography. Notes. Index.
'With this book, Ian Taylor confirms his standing as one of the most thoughtful students of crime and society writing anywhere in the world today. Crime in Context is well-reasoned, wide-ranging and important - a major contribution to our understanding of the ways in which the enormous social and economic transformations of our time are reshaping the problems of crime and social order.' Elliott Currie, University of California, Berkeley 'This timely book will be useful both to students and professional criminologists in that it puts late twentieth-century developments in crime and disorder within a broad social and historical context. There is no other book that does this. I have no doubt that it will find a wide and enthusiastic audience.' Jock Young, Middlesex University "This book is a scholarly and finely crafted account of the major social transformations wrought by marketisation and the consequences of this for crime and social order. Its theoretical and policy relevance make it a landmark text for a wide readership seeking a more critical grasp of crime and criminology in a global market world." Andrew Pithouse, Cardiff University
Ian Taylor is Principal of Van Mildert College, Durham University, formerly Professor of Sociology, University of Salford.
This book is a timely and wide-ranging account of the relationship between the development of a "free market society" in Europe and North America and the fears and anxieties provoked by crime. It offers an evaluation of the theoretical schools in social theory and in criminology which continue to dominate the academy, but whose purchase on contemporary realities is everywhere slipping. Crime in Context begins with an analysis of nine different crises or transformations which define the parameters of social and economic change. It then develops an alternative criminology for analysing crime and the fear of crime in current circumstances, including specific chapters on youth crime (with analyses of the pressing issues of drugs, alcohol and violence, as well as of the victimization of young people by crime), the social and cultural geography of urban crime and urban fear, the temptations of crime in free market societies, and the significance of the new-found provenance of firearms and other weapons in a market society. In three comprehensive concluding chapters, Taylor's argument about the influence of market relations is applied to the marketing of social control (the ever-increasing growth of the industries in crime prevention) and also to the markets in actually occurring professional or semi-professional crime. A major new work by one of the leading scholars in the field, this book will be essential reading for students in criminology, urban studies, social policy and sociology.