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Crime and Risk

1st Edition

Pat O'Malley
eISBN-13: 9781446242018

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Over recent years, the governance of crime - from policing and crime prevention to sentencing and prison organization - has moved away from a focus on reforming offenders toward preventing crime and managing behaviour using predictive and distributional (such as risk) techniques.

Crime and Risk presents an engaging discussion of risk strategies and risk-taking in the domain of crime and criminal justice. It outlines the broad theoretical issues and political approaches involved, relating risk in contemporary crime governance to risk in criminal activity. Taking a broad and discursive approach, it covers:

Risk-taking and contemporary culture
The excitement associated with risk-taking and the impact of criminal activity
The application of risk-oriented developments in crime prevention and control
The use of genetic and related biotechnologies to assess and react to perceived threats
The conceptualization of risk in relation to race and gender
The influence of excitement upon criminal activity
Evidence and accountability.


Compact Criminology is an exciting series that invigorates and challenges the international field of criminology. 

Books in the series are short, authoritative, innovative assessments of emerging issues in criminology and criminal justice – offering critical, accessible introductions to important topics.  They take a global rather than a narrowly national approach.  Eminently readable and first-rate in quality, each book is written by a leading specialist.


Compact Criminology provides a new type of tool for teaching, learning and research, one that is flexible and light on its feet. The series addresses fundamental needs in the growing and increasingly differentiated field of criminology.


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ISBNs 9781847873514, 1847873510, 9781847873507, 9781446242018, 1446242013
Language eng
Number of Pages 120
Edition 1st