Administrating Victimization: The Politics of AntiSocial by M. Duggan, V. Heap

By M. Duggan, V. Heap

This learn addresses the administration of sufferers and sufferer coverage lower than the Coalition executive, in gentle of an expanding flow in the direction of neoliberal and punitive legislation and order agendas. With a spotlight on sufferers of anti-social behaviour and hate crime, Duggan and Heap discover the altering position of the sufferer in modern legal justice discourses.

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With this in mind, when the focus turned to researching victims of crime in the mid-twentieth century, positivistic-informed theories, research and frameworks of analysis were strongly evident in the emerging victimological arena. Five key theorists are credited with producing the sub-discipline of victimology: Benjamin Mendelsohn (1947), a Romanian lawyer working in the US; Hans von Hentig (1948), a Hungarian criminologist working in the US; Marvin Wolfgang (1957), an American sociologist and criminologist; Stephen Schafer (1968), a German-American psychiatrist; and Menachem Amir (1971), a student of Marvin Wolfang.

CJS policy making in a crime-drop context is not new, as the New Labour government elected in 1997 faced a similar situation (albeit to a lesser extent in their first term in office). Mooney and Young (2006) suggest New Labour established the ASB agenda as a means of taking the initiative on law and order in light of falling crime rates towards the end of 1990s. 0009 Victims as Vote Winners  evident with the Coalition’s current focus on victimization, again during a time of falling crime rates.

The concept of deservedness divides victims along good and bad lines, with some being seen as more worthy of an enhanced criminal justice focus than others. Nonetheless, the sheer number of victims created through crime remains a pressing burden on criminal justice resources. Therefore, deflecting some of the responsibility for crime prevention onto the public not only frees up state resources, but also diverts the focus away from its failure to protect citizens in the ways in which the state is expected to.

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