How crime and public fear are socially constructed and not just a set reality to perceive. Politicians and others use public anxiety for their purposes, and run on a stern law-and-order platform even as crime rates are dropping. This is the foundational and supported study of the issue, often cited and used in later scholarship on crime and politics, from a legendary scholar in the field.
The Politics of Law and Order is the 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. Dr. Scheingold also provides a theoretical and historical basis for his views. The follow-up to the landmark book 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 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.”
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Stuart A. Scheingold (1931-2010) taught generations of students as a Professor of Political Science at the University of Washington, and was an internationally recognized scholar on topics as diverse as street crime, the myth and reality of legal rights, punishment, political integration, activist lawyers, and political fiction. He wrote or edited 16 books and numerous articles and essays.
ISBN: 1610270355 (ePub and Nook edition, 2010)
ISBN: 1610270363 (paperback edition, 2010)
ISBN: 0582284155 (original hardback edition, Pearson Education, Inc., 1984)