Professor Steve Tombs argues for a bolder approach to dealing with corporate social harm
Here's a selection of the best stuff we've read this month written by academics:
An entire virtual issue of the Howard Journal of Criminal Justice on the theme of 'Crimes of the powerful', featuring articles by Steve Tombs and David Whyte.
Professor Steve Tombs of The Open University uncovers the hidden scale of work-related deaths in the UK and challenges the Health and Safety Executive to present the problem accurately in its own statistics.
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.
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.