XWe have detected your location as outside the U.S/Canada, if you think this is wrong, you can choose your location.

Palgrave Macmillan

Administrating Victimization

The Politics of Anti-Social Behaviour and Hate Crime Policy

ISBN 9781137409263
Publication Date June 2014
Formats Hardcover Ebook (EPUB) Ebook (PDF) 
Publisher Palgrave Pivot
Series Palgrave Hate Studies

With Foreword by Pamela Davies, Northumbria University, UK
The study of victims and victimization has evolved to produce more information about the effects and impacts of crime, as well as victims' experiences of engagement with the criminal justice system. This book analyses the socio-political context in which particular groups of victims have been prioritised by UK policy-makers in the past two decades as requiring enhanced or targeted services.

Focusing on anti-social behaviour and hate crime, Duggan and Heap explore how separating victims according to victimization type allows for a targeted approach which benefits some and disadvantages others. They assess the extent to which certain forms of victimization, or demarcated groups of victims, have been used by governments to further punitive political agendas under the guise of being 'victim-focused' or 'victim-led'. In so doing, this book explores the changing role and status of the victim in contemporary criminal justice discourses, as well as the increased managerialism evident in facilitating victims' engagement in the broader criminal justice system.

Marian Duggan is Senior Lecturer in Criminology at Sheffield Hallam University, UK.

Vicky Heap is a Lecturer in Criminology at Sheffield Hallam University, UK.

Authors Preface
Foreword; Pamela Davies
1. Conceptualising Victims
2. Victims as Vote Winners
3. Prioritized Political Focus: ASB and Hate Crime
4. Reconceptualising Victims


"This is an original and thought-provoking book that casts a much-needed critical gaze over recent developments in criminal justice policy and the 'victim agenda'. Duggan and Heap astutely situate these shifts within a wider criminological framework, and demonstrate their convergence with neoliberal strategies of crime control. A timely study that should be read by all scholars and students of criminology, as well as practitioners, who are interested in the how we treat the victims of crime." - Professor Majid Yar, University of Hull, UK
Add a review

Related titles