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Policing the Crisis: 35th anniversary edition

The 35th anniversary edition of Policing the Crisis: Mugging, The State and Law and Order (by Stuart Hall, Chas Critcher, Tony Jefferson, John Clarke and Brian Roberts) has just been published by Palgrave Macmillan.

This book was first published in 1978 and has been widely recognised for its invaluable insight into post-war British society, as well as on the emergence of authoritarian populism and the exceptional state in 1970s Britain.

This special 35th anniversary edition contains the original, unchanged text, alongside two new chapters that explore the book’s continued significance for today’s readers.


Table of Content:

Preface to the Second Edition
Introduction to the First Edition

The Social History of a Moral Panic
The Origins of Social Control
The Social Production of News

Balancing Accounts: Cashing in on Handsworth
Orchestrating Public Opinion
Explanations and Ideologies of crime

Crime, Law and the State
The Law-and-Order Society: the Exhaustion of 'Consent'
The Law-and-Order Society: Towards the 'Exceptional State'

The Politics of 'Mugging'

Conclusion to the Second Edition: Reflections and new considerations