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Moral Regulation

Edited by Mark Smith

This byte teases out some of the fundamentally moral questions that continue to perplex us, about life and death, good and evil, and sex and the body.

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Gender and Family

Edited by Viviene Cree

An insight into some of the central debates and questions about gender and the family, examined through the lens of moral panic.

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Revisiting Moral Panics

Drawing on the popular Economic Social and Research Council (ESRC) seminar series, this book examines social issues and anxieties, and the solutions to them, through the concept of moral panic.

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The Governance of Female Drug Users

Women's Experiences of Drug Policy

Challenging popular misconceptions of female users, this book is the first to examine how female drug user's identities, and hence their experiences, are shaped by drug policies.

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Dark Secrets of Childhood

Media Power, Child Abuse and Public Scandals

This ground-breaking book explores the relationship between the media, child abuse and shifting adult–child power relations which, in Western countries, has spawned an ever-expanding range of laws, policies and procedures introduced to address the ‘explosion’ of interest in the issue of child abuse.

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Harmful Societies

Understanding Social Harm

This book is the first to theorise and define the social harm concept beyond criminology and seeks to address these omissions and in doing so provide a platform for future debates, in this series and beyond.

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Participatory Research

Working with Vulnerable Groups in Research and Practice

This book examines the nature of participatory research in the social sciences and its role in increasing participation among vulnerable or marginalised populations. It examines the ways in which inclusion and collaboration in research can be enhanced among vulnerable participants, and shows how useful it can be with these groups.

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Blamestorming, Blamemongers and Scapegoats

Allocating Blame in the Criminal Justice Process

This is the first detailed criminological account of the role of blame in which the authors present a novel study of the legal process of blame attribution, set in the context of criminalisation as a social and political process. It will also be of wider interest to anyone wishing to discover the role of blame in modern society.

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Inside Crown Court

Personal Experiences and Questions of Legitimacy

This timely book provides a vivid description of what it is like to attend court as a victim, a witness or a defendant; the interplay between the different players in the courtroom; and the extent to which the court process is viewed as legitimate by those involved in it.

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Alcohol and Moral Regulation

Public Attitudes, Spirited Measures and Victorian Hangovers

Informed by historical research and sociological analysis, this book helps readers re-evaluate their understandings of British drinking culture. It is essential readying for students and academics.

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The Street Casino

Survival in Violent Street Gangs

Simon Harding proposes an unique theoretical perspective on survival in violent street gangs which offers new evidence on gang behaviour, dynamics, affiliation and risks in inner city areas.

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Applying Complexity Theory

Whole Systems Approaches to Criminal Justice and Social Work

This is the first book to explore the application of complexity theory to difficult practice issues in criminal justice and social work and brings together experts in this emerging field to address complexity theory from a range of perspectives, providing a detailed but accessible discussion of the key issues to whole systems approaches.

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