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Book Review: Punishment, Crime and Market Force

Book Review: Punishment, Crime and Market Force BOOK REVIEWS Punishment, Crime and Market Force, Leslie T Wilkins, Aldershot, Dartmouth (1991) 180pp (Australian agent Gower Publications, Pyrmont) $79.50. Leslie Wilkins has published the results of his research and thinking in academic journals and books for well over 40 years. He is widely regarded as a major contributor to the development of criminology in both the United States and Britain. Therefore, when a new book of his arrives on the scene it is an event to be taken seriously. From his first major work, Social Deviance in 1964, to his more recent Consumerist Criminology in 1988 he has displayed a rare ability to challenge the fundamental assumptions underlying the operation of criminal justice systems, and he has done it again with this work. The starting point for this intellectual excursion is the author's fascination with the need to explain the wide variations in incarceration rates between different countries which appear to have similar socio-economic conditions, a subject which has also exercised the mind of this reviewer. Wilkins cites the available evidence of incarceration for European countries (with the actual data being quoted from the Daily Telegraph I), and he also cites the Australian data for different States and http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Australian & New Zealand Journal of Criminology SAGE

Book Review: Punishment, Crime and Market Force

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Publisher
SAGE
Copyright
©The Australian and New Zealand Society of Criminology and Authors, 1992
ISSN
0004-8658
eISSN
1837-9273
DOI
10.1177/000486589302600109
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Abstract

BOOK REVIEWS Punishment, Crime and Market Force, Leslie T Wilkins, Aldershot, Dartmouth (1991) 180pp (Australian agent Gower Publications, Pyrmont) $79.50. Leslie Wilkins has published the results of his research and thinking in academic journals and books for well over 40 years. He is widely regarded as a major contributor to the development of criminology in both the United States and Britain. Therefore, when a new book of his arrives on the scene it is an event to be taken seriously. From his first major work, Social Deviance in 1964, to his more recent Consumerist Criminology in 1988 he has displayed a rare ability to challenge the fundamental assumptions underlying the operation of criminal justice systems, and he has done it again with this work. The starting point for this intellectual excursion is the author's fascination with the need to explain the wide variations in incarceration rates between different countries which appear to have similar socio-economic conditions, a subject which has also exercised the mind of this reviewer. Wilkins cites the available evidence of incarceration for European countries (with the actual data being quoted from the Daily Telegraph I), and he also cites the Australian data for different States and

Journal

Australian & New Zealand Journal of CriminologySAGE

Published: Mar 1, 1993

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