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Problems of Crime and Violence in Europe, 1780-2000

Essays in Criminal Justice

Problems of Crime and Violence in Europe, 1780-2000 by Efi Avdela
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Crime, Violence and the Modern State, 1780-2000: Greece and Europe is a thematically-organiesed collection of essays which explore historical perspectives on crime and violence and map differences, interconnections and movements through space and time. It includes ten essays by internationally and nationally known historians and anthropologists, all specialists in the field of violence history, together with an extended, explanatory introduction by the editors.This closely-focused collection seeks to problematise some of the current conceptualisation of current crime and violence history in Europe by juxtaposing scholarship on Greece to studies of better researched societies in northern and western Europe.• This volume takes a comparative perspective to explore the modern history of inter-personal violence and the state in Europe. • It publishes historical and anthropological research on a region comparatively little known to the English-language academic readership interested in the lively field of crime and violence history. • In particular it juxtaposes studies on locations in the north and west of Europe with Greece. • It therefore does more than simply augment well-established historical narratives. • The volume challenges the largely evolutionary current conceptualisations (in terms of both chronology and geography) which shape much of the history of European crime and interpersonal violence. • A full introduction and thematic organization integrate the essays into a coherent volume.The core rationale for this volume is the need to re-think the questions of criminalised violence in modern(ising) Europe taking into account the different issues, chronologies, institutions and cultures that are introduced into the argument once the Greek example is placed centrally. Greece offers a distinctive heuristic counterpoint, in order to think about transfers, influences and flows in the circulations of technologies, ideas and regulations comprising the governance of criminalized violence and the (always fragile and uneven) forging of compliant subjectivities as well as the (often contingent and tactical) possibilities for resistance and negotiation available to subjects in different times and places.
The Edwin Mellen Press; January 2009
364 pages; ISBN 9780773421042
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Title: Problems of Crime and Violence in Europe, 1780-2000
Author: Efi Avdela; Shani D’Cruze; Judith Rowbotham
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