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Reconceptualizing Critical Victimology


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Introduction: Themes and Issues in Critical Victimology, Dale C. Spencer & Sandra Walklate Part One: Thinking Critically about Victimhood Chapter One: Sovereign Bodies, Minds and Victim Culture, Ronnie Lippens Chapter Two: Still Worlds Apart? Habitus, Field, and Masculinities in Victim and Police Interactions, Dale C. Spencer & Jillian Patterson Chapter Three: Boys to Offenders: Damaging Masculinity and Traumatic Victimization, Rebecca S. Katz & Hannah M. Willis Chapter Four: The Parent as Paradoxical Victim: Adolescent to Parent Violence and Contested Victimization, Rachel Condry Chapter Five: Victims of Hate: Thinking Beyond the Tick-Box, Neil Chakraborti Part Two: Victims and Victim Services in Comparative Perspective Chapter Six: Punishment or Solidarity: Comparing the U.S. and Swedish Victim Movements, Carina Gallo & Robert Elias Chapter Seven: Restorative Justice as a Boundary Object: Some Critical Reflections on the Rise and Influence of Restorative Justice in England and Wales, David Miers Chapter Eight: Victimhood and Transitional Justice, Kieran McEvoy & Kirsten McConnachie Part Three: Bringing the State Back In Chapter Nine: A Change for the better or Same Old Story? Women, the State and Miscarriages of Justice, Annette Ballinger Chapter Ten: Hierarchical Victims of Terrorism and War, Ross McGarry Chapter Eleven: Bereaved Family Activism in Contexts of Organized Mass Violence, Jon Shute Conclusion: Critical Victimology beyond the Academe: Engaging Publics and Policy, Sandra Walklate & Dale C. Spencer

About the Author

Dale Spencer is assistant professor in the Department of Law and Legal Studies at Carleton University. Sandra Walklate is Eleanor Rathbone Chair of Sociology at the University of Liverpool and professor of Criminology at Monash University.


This edited collection provides an important and valuable contribution to our understanding of the cultural politics of `victimhood' and our responses to victimization. Victim suffering is explored across a diverse array of political, social, economic and cultural contexts using a range of theoretical and empirical tools that bring us new concepts to work with and guide future research. In doing so, this book puts forward a policy agenda that challenges narrow positivist frames and promotes a critical approach with significant implications for practice and justice. -- Tracey Booth, University of Technology Sydney
This edited volume expands the existing critique of the blind spots and limitations of positivist approaches to studying victimization by challenging taken-for-granted assumptions, presenting alternative paradigms, exploring new models, and proposing innovative policies. In order to familiarize readers with the breadth and depth of a critical perspective within victimology, the authors of each chapter analyze plenty of concrete examples: actual cases that unfolded during various historical periods in a number of countries; as well as the actions and reactions of government agencies, political and social movements, and economic forces to the people and groups who suffered physically, emotionally, and financially. -- Andrew Karmen, John Jay College of Criminal Justice

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