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A Philosophy of the Social Construction of Crime
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A Philosophy of the Social Construction of Crime

David Polizzi


It is well known that the social definition of individuals and ethnic groups helps legitimize how they are addressed by law enforcement. The philosophy of the social construction of crime and criminal behaviour reflects how individuals, such as police officers, construct meaning from the perspective from which they emerge, which in turn influences their law enforcement outlook. In the field, this is generally viewed through a positivist frame of reference which fails to critically examine assumptions of approach and practice. Written by an international specialist in this area, this is the fir ... More

Keywords: crime, social constructions, criminal behaviour, social theory, law enforcement, police officers, race and crime

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9781447327325
Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: May 2016 DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447327325.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

David Polizzi, author
Indiana State University