Violence and Social Policy

Authored by: Elliott Currie

Routledge Handbook of Critical Criminology

Print publication date:  October  2011
Online publication date:  October  2011

Print ISBN: 9780415779678
eBook ISBN: 9780203864326
Adobe ISBN: 9781135192808

10.4324/9780203864326.ch35

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Abstract

The key thing to understand in an analysis of violence and social policy from the perspective of critical criminology is that the level of violence a society suffers is indeed strongly influenced by social policy and can be substantially mitigated, or exacerbated, by it. That may seem obvious, but this fundamental insight challenges a variety of perspectives, both within and beyond formal criminology, on the sources of violence and strategies to reduce it.

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