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Foundational and renowned study of how politicians and others use crime rates—and most of all the public perception of street crime, whether or not it is accurate—for their own purposes. Crime is a social construct not a fixed reality. Dr. Scheingold also provides a theoretical and historical basis for his views. The follow-up to the landmark "The Politics of Rights," this book is both supported in research and accessible and interesting to readers everywhere.
Features new 2010 Foreword by Berkeley law professor Malcolm Feeley. A work that is both "timely and timeless," writes Dr. Feeley, it "is important for what it says—and how it says it—about American crime and crime policy, as well as American political culture. It speaks truth to power today as much as it did when it was first published." As recently noted by Amherst College's Austin Sarat, Scheingold "was quite simply one of the world's leading commentators on law and politics."
In this new, quality ebook edition, the publisher has added active TOC, linked notes and graphs, active cross-references, and even a fully linked subject matter index. Part of the Classics of Law & Society Series from Quid Pro Books.