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"O’Malley, in this beautifully simple, insightful and erudite book, locates risk within a variety of mentalities that have been, and are being, deployed to “govern crime” -- in doing so he places risk, where it should be, at the very centre of criminological thought and practice. This is an important book."
Pat O'Malley's approach to risk, crime and criminal justice is stimulating and provocative. He points out that in criminology risk is seen almost entirely in negative terms, in marked contrast to other social spheres, where risk is regarded much more positively, as for example in business innovation and entrepreneurship.
It is into this muddy conceptual terrain that Pat O'Malley treks, unabashedly pairing 'crime' and 'risk' in the title of his book, and undertaking to untangle their ambiguous meanings and contradictory connections... O'Malley carefully demonstrates, risk and its relation to crime are not self-evident at all; they are defined differently by neo-conservatives and neo-liberals, by risk-takers and those who would govern them, and in turn attributed variously to individual decision making, social dysfunction, or the logic of the market.
An exceptional resource on risk for students in criminology, sociology and social policy. This book serves as an excellent critical introduction to the relationship between crime and risk.
This is a very good summary text that outlines many of the key themes currently debated in the area of crime and risk.
Excellent text. Concise coverage of all essential aspects of the topic.
Thank You. This book will be recommended to the Policing and Police Module at Durham. It is very relevant to their study of policing and will assist in understanding the nature and characteristics of contemporary policing.
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