This book brings together ten leading British crimilogists to explore the contemporary politics of crime and its control. The volume is produced in hour of Britain's most important crimilogical scholar - David Downes of the London School of Ecomics. The essays are grouped around the three major themes that run through David Downes' work - sociological theory, crime and deviance; comparative penal policy; and, the politics of crime. The third theme also provides the overarching unifying thread for the volume. The contributions are broad ranging and cover such subjects as crimilogical theory and the new East End of London, the practice of comparative crimilogy including an analysis of variations in penal cultures within the United States, restorative justice in Colombia, New Labour's politics and policy in relation to dangerous personality-disordered offenders, the legal construction of torture, and the future for a social democratic crimilogy.
Paul Rock is a Fellow of the British Academy and professor of Social Institutions at the London School of Economics.