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Basia Spalek

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9781861348043

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781861348043.001.0001

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(p.225) Conclusion
Communities, identities and crime

Basia Spalek

Policy Press

This book has shown how the construction of social identities might best be conceptualised as consisting of the interplay, tensions and contradictions between modernity's ‘imperative of order’, including the expression of collective identities and interests, and the fragmentation, individualisation and fluidity of identities associated with conditions of late modernity. Both processes are at play, and serve to produce, perpetuate, deconstruct and influence the nature of identity formations within particular contexts. This book has also highlighted the fact that equality and diversity issues feature significantly in the policies and practices of all criminal justice agencies. The concern shown towards gender, ‘race’ and ethnicity, faith, sexual orientation, disability and age reflects wider social processes occurring in contemporary western societies, whereby questions of identity are increasingly important. Certainly, the subject of social identities in relation to crime, criminal justice and victimisation has much potential for criminology.

Keywords:   social identities, late modernity, identity formations, equality, diversity, criminal justice, crime, victimisation, gender, sexual orientation

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