Criminal obsessions: Why harm matters more than crime (2nd edition)

Author: 
Danny Dorling, Dave Gordon, Paddy Hillyard, Christina Pantazis, Simon Pemberton, Steve Tombs
Date: 
Wednesday, 1 October, 2008

Criminal obsessions is an innovative, groundbreaking critique of conventional criminological approaches to social issues. The contributors show how social harm relates to social and economic inequalities that are at the heart of the liberal state. This second edition of Criminal obsessions includes an additional essay by Simon Pemberton in which he develops theoretically the concept of social harm and discusses the future of the social harm perspective.

Criminal obsessions offers a groundbreaking and innovative critique of academic, policy and political focus on 'crime' and criminal justice. The essays discuss how social harm relates to social and economical inequalities. Contributors to the edited collection include Danny Dorling, Dave Gordon, Paddy Hillyard, Christina Pantazis, Simon Pemberton and Steve Tombs.

Engaging with the perspectives on offer has encouraged the Centre to reach out to a wider range of disciplines and has informed our subsequent work in an attempt to better understand and develop responses to many predictable and preventable social harms experienced in contemporary society.