Local and Global
Edited by Deborah Drake, John Muncie, Louise Westmarland
Willan – 2009 – 256 pages
Criminal Justice: Local and Global and its sister text Crime: Local and Global are two new teaching texts that aim to equip the reader with a critical understanding of the globally contested nature of 'crime' and'justice'. Through an examination of key concepts and criminological approaches, the books illuminate the different ways in which crime is constructed, conceived and controlled. International case studies are used to demonstrate how 'crime' and 'justice' are historically and geographically located in terms of the global/local context, and how processes of criminalisation and punishment are mediated in contemporary societies.
Criminal Justice: Local and Global covers the way the 'local' can be widened out to look at international, transnational and supranational aspects of justice. This means that issues such as corporate crime and human rights can be discussed in a comparative and critical way, examining the possibility, for example of an International Criminal Court, cross-national jurisdictions of regulation and control (such as Interpol) and so on. Each chapter covers a different area of regulation, punishment and process.
Unlike previous texts, the book's approach will be an innovative approach to widen 'justice' to encompass considerations beyond simple, local jurisdictions. The book will take instances of 'justice' in one jurisdiction and use global examples to illustrate how ambiguous the concept of 'justice' can be.
'Criminal Justice: Local and Global is another excellent and unique contribution to the criminological literature. This is more than another textbook. In melding together contemporary debates on the relationship between globalisation and the local context covering key issues such as policing, punishment, risk assessment, surveillance, restorative justice and human rights, this book not only delivers up to date and insightful material, it will also act as a catalyst for pushing the at the boundaries of the criminological agenda on these issues. This is a remarkable achievement and constitutes a timely and significant intervention for the discipline. A must read for the student and lecturer alike.' Sandra Walklate, University of Liverpool, UK
'Criminal Justice: Local and Global is an intellectual travel guide to criminal justice in the twenty-first century. Ambitiously crafted, this volume focuses on theory and values instead of the usual 'nuts and bolts' approach to explaining criminal justice. Examples are taken from around the globe to illustrate common themes. The text is unrelenting in its critical analysis. Students will appreciate its creative and futuristic qualities.' Rosemary Barberet, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, UK
'Criminal Justice: Local and Global is strong on critical analysis and rich in materials… .'
'Both students and lecturers will find this book clear, comprehensive, up to date and thought provoking. It is a must read for anyone seeking to make sense of the subject of criminal justice.' Rona Epstein, Coventry Law School, Coventry University, UK
'…the book achieves instant topicality through its examination of the strengths and weaknesses of informal as well as formal systems of justice.'
'It is provocative and informative, constantly encouraging the reader to link the global with the local whilst making the case for criminology to have a much wider global reach in order to address the issues of harm, power, violence and retribution that are covered so well in this volume.'
-Neil Stone, Wales Probation Trust
1. Interrogating criminal justice, Deborah Drake, John Muncie and Louise Westmarland 2. Punitiveness and cultures of control, Deborah Drake 3. Conflict resolution, restoration and informal justice, Ross Fergusson and John Muncie 4. Risk prediction, assessment and management, Deborah Drake and John Muncie 5. Surveillance and social ordering, Roy Coleman 6. Transnational policing and security, Louise Westmarland 7. Justice, globalisation and human rights, James Mehigan, Reece Walters and Louise Westmarland