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Harmful societiesUnderstanding social harm$
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Simon A. Pemberton

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9781847427946

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: September 2015

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781847427946.001.0001

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Harmful societies

Simon Pemberton

Policy Press

To what extent can contemporary social science capture the full range of harms that our societies produce? The chapter argues that the drive to increasing academic specialisation and the turn to post-modernism have resulted limited our ability to capture the multiplicity of injuries that result from the harmful ways we choose to organise our societies in the pursuit of the neo liberal agenda. It is argued that the social harm approach offers the potential to systematically document the vicissitudes of contemporary life. The chapter provides of brief history of the social harm perspective that originated from criminology, then details its emergence as a distinct field of study and considers the potential of the field.

Keywords:   social science, criminology, social harm, zemiology

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