Synopses & Reviews
Current media and political discourse on crime has long ignored crimes committed by States themselves, despite their greater financial and human toll. For the past two decades, scholars have examined how and why States violate their own laws and international law and explored what can be done to reduce or prevent these injustices. Through a collection of essays by leading scholars in the field, State Crime offers a set of cases exemplifying state criminality along with various methods for controlling governmental transgressions. With topics ranging from crimes of aggression to nuclear weapons to the construction and implementation of social controls, this volume is an indispensable resource for those who examine the behavior of States and those who study crime in its varied forms.
"An admirable collection of case studies by leading scholars that illuminate the historical and modern contours of state crime."
"Given recent highly injurious acts committed by governments around the world, this riveting book is essential reading for scholars, students, activists, and policy makers. A timely and much needed contribution to the field."
"There has been a paucity of research on state crime, but this volume makes an important contribution to the literature and should not only stimulate further research on state crime, but also contribute to social policies that seek to reduce it. Highly recommended."
About the Author
Dawn L. Rothe is an assistant professor of criminology at Old Dominion University. She is the author of State Criminality: The Crime of All Crimes, Symbolic Gestures and the Generation of Global Social Control, and coauthor with Christopher W. Mullins of Blood, Power, and Bedlam: Violations of International Criminal Law in Post-Colonial Africa. Christopher W. Mullins is an assistant professor of criminology and criminal justice at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. He has authored or coauthored several books including Holding Your Square: Masculinities, Streetlife, and Violence.