Interest in the study of state power, civil liberties, human rights, and state sponsored crime is growing and there is a need for a book which brings these topics together. This book, part of the Companions series, provides succinct yet robust definitions and explanations of core concepts and themes in relation to state power, liberties and human rights. The entries are bound by their inter-relatedness and relevance to the study of crime and harm and the volume draws upon established and emerging commentaries from other social and political disciplines.
Laid out in a user-friendly A-Z format, it includes entries from expert contributors with clear direction to related entries and further reading. The contributors critically engage with the topics in an accessible yet challenging way, ensuring that the definitions go beyond a simple explanation of the word or theme.
It will be suitable for undergraduate and postgraduate students on a variety of courses such as Criminology, Criminal Justice, International Relations, Politics, Social Policy, Policing Studies, and Law as well as other researchers in these areas.
Sharon Morley is Deputy Head of Department of Social and Political Science and senior lecturer in criminology at the University of Chester, UK. Sharon’s research interests include young women’s experiences of violence; gender, space and self-regulation and span the areas of violence in society and the victimisation of health and social care professionals and media representations of mentally disordered offenders. Sharon is a member of a number of sexual violence research networks.
Jo Turner is senior lecturer at the University of Chester, UK. Jo's eclectic mix of research interests come under the broad umbrella of comparative criminology: comparisons with the past - the history of criminal justice; comparisons globally - state crimes in the international arena; and gender based comparisons - women's experiences of the criminal justice system.
Karen Corteen is a senior lecturer in criminal justice at Liverpool John Moores University, UK. Areas Karen has published in include victimology, critical criminology, and hate crime. Her research interests comprise: zemiology; occupational-related harms within the sports entertainment industry; victimisation, survival and resistance, and visual victimology.
Paul Taylor is Deputy Head of the Department of Social and Political Science at the University of Chester, teaching criminology and criminal justice. His research and writing focuses on the sociology and social context of occupations, and the convergence of mental health and criminal justice discourse, policy and practice. Further, Paul is researching and writing (with colleagues from the University of Chester’s Institute of Medicine and Institute of Policing) on police firearms officers and personal/professional wellbeing.
"An interdisciplinary toolbox of theories, concepts, perspectives and institutional insights that are fundamental to grasping the complexities of human rights, civil liberties and their relationship to state activity and inactivity” Ross McGarry, University of Liverpool
"An insightful volume by an international team of scholars, worth reading by anyone concerned with state power and responsibility for civil liberties and human rights." Sheying Chen, Pace University
"A comprehensive and critical engagement with state power that will be of use to undergraduate students”. Roy Coleman, University of Liverpool
"The concision and insightfulness of this volume will be of tremendous value to all those who need a compact account of the topics listed." Brice Dickson, Professor of International and Comparative Law, Queen’s University Belfast