Steve Tombs

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

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.

Crisis of enforcement: The decriminalisation of death and injury at work

At least twice as many people die from fatal injuries at work than are victims of homicide, a report from the Centre for Crime and Justice Studies suggests. The report found that at least 1,300 people died as a result of fatal occupational injuries in 2005-06 in England and Wales, compared with 765 homicide victims. Non-fatal workplace injuries requiring hospitalisation were also likely to be greater that year than those needing such treatment following the violent offences formally recorded as crimes.

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