Crime and Modernity by John Lea (2002) London: Sage, 213 pp

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    Book Review.
    This book documents the fundamental changes that have taken place in recent decades concerning crime and its control. One of the recurring themes — as indicated by the title — is how modernity (characterised, at least in part, by “the ascendancy of capitalist market relations”, “the doctrines of individualism and universal human rights” as well as the “rule of law”) shapes and yet ultimately undermines the capacity for states and communities to think about and reduce crime in meaningful ways (p. 3). To minimise the tendency toward generalisation, I will deal with each of the seven chapters in turn.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)382-389
    Number of pages8
    JournalAustralian and New Zealand Journal of Criminology
    Issue number3
    Publication statusPublished - 2003


    • criminology
    • crime
    • justice


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