Women, Crime and Social Harm: Towards a Criminology for the Global Age (Onati International Series in Law and Society)

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This book is by and about women. The book examines the harms and crimes to which women are subjected to as a result of global social processes, and their efforts to take control of their own futures. The papers explore the criminogenic and damaging consequences of the policies of the global financial institutions, as well as the effects of growing economic polarization both in pockets of the developed world and most markedly in the global south. Reflecting upon this evidence, in the Introduction the editors necessarily challenge existing criminological theory by expanding and elaborating a conception of social harm that encompasses this range of problems, and exposes where new solutions derived from criminological theory are necessary. A second theme addresses human rights from the standpoint of indigenous women, minority women, and those seeking refuge. As inadequate and individualized as the human rights instruments presently are, for most of these women a politics of human rights emerges as central to achieving legal and political equality, and protection from individual violence. Women in the poorest countries, however, are skeptical as to the efficacy of rights claims in the face of the depredations of international and global capital, and the social dislocation produced thereby. In the end, there is no solution without politics. In both the opening and the closing sections of this book, there are papers which address this. What continues to be special about women's political practice is the connection between the groundedness of small groups and the fluidity and flexibility of regional and international networks. This is the effective politics of the global age. Women, Crime and Social Harm, then, is a new criminology for and by women, which opens up a new criminological terrain for both women and men, and which cannot easily be read without an emotional response. (Series: Onati International Series in Law and Society)

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Maureen Cain is a sociologist. She has worked at Brunel University, the University of the West Indies, St Augustine, and the University of Birmingham. Adrian Howe is an Associate Professor in Social Science at RMIT University.

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One of its key strengths is its capacity to cover much ground whilst simultaneously remaining unified by a concern to demonstrate the global context of harm against women. Achieving such a diverse collection of chapters within a coherent framework is often woefully lacking in such edited collections and its editors...should be commended for such an achievement. Marisa Silvestri The Howard Journal of Criminal Justice Volume 51, No.5 ...admirably adds to our understanding in global criminology, specifically with a focus on the position of women...What is probably most remarkable about this collection, apart from its various chapters' substantive merits, is that it reads truly as the work of a collective. Mathieu Deflem The Law & Politics Book Review Vol.19, No.8, August 10, 2009 [a] timely and important book . that deal[s] with what are, or should be, concerns for criminology. It is critical, theoretically driven, international in scope and politically engaged. A wonderful, thought-provoking collection of essays. Julie Stubbs British Journal of Criminology Volume 50, No. 2, March 2010 This thought-provoking collection . provides a critical exploration of various expressions of women's victimization in the context of globalization, setting the stage for an emergent feminist global criminology. The contributions are presents in a manner that is accessible for audiences from a variety of disciplines and perspectives. This collection is the first to provide a review of harms and expressions of violence against women in the context of globalization. It's value lies in the broad interpretation of violence against women, which incorporates not only physical by also social, economic, political and spiritual harm. Edna Erez Law and Society Review Volume 44, Issue 2 This vibrant collection as a whole shows how the tension between the local and the global can be navigated through appreciating, as Walklate highlights, the lessons of standpoint feminism to knowledge construction, and an acknowledgment of the diversity of women's lives (Cain and Howe 2008: 212-13). It makes a strong case for pushing the boundaries of criminology to encompass an analytic of social harm to reveal those cases of 'censure without sanction' (Cain and Howe 2008: 17). Louise Boon-Kuo Current Issues in Criminal Justice Volume 22, Number 2

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Verlag: Oxford and Portland Oregon. Hart Publishing. (2008)
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