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Voices of Crime: Constructing and Contesting Social Control in Modern Latin America

Condition: BRAND NEW
ISBN: 9780816533046
Author(s): Luz E. Huertas
Format: Hardcover
Year: 2016
Publisher: University of Arizona Press
Dimensions: 152 x 0 x 229 (w x l x h)
Pages: 264

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Crime exists in every society, revealing not only the way in which societiesfunction but also exposing the standards that society holds about what is harmful and punishable. Criminalizing individuals and actions is not the exclusive domain of the state; it emerges from the collective consciousness- the judgments of individuals and groups who represent societal thinking and values. Studying how these individuals and groups construct, represent, perpetrate, and contest crime reveals how their message reinforces and also challenges historical and culturally specific notions of race, class, and gender. Voices of Crime examines these official and unofficial perceptions of deviancy, justice, and social control in modern Latin America. As a collection of essays exploring histories of crime and justice, the book focuses on both cultural and social history and the interactions among state institutions, the press, and a variety of elite and non-elite social groups.
Arguing that crime in Latin America is best understood as a product of ongoing negotiation between 'top-down' and 'bottom up' ideas (not just as the exercise of power from the state), the authors seek to document and illustrate the everyday experiences of crime in particular settings, emphasizing underresearched historical actors such as criminals, victims, and police officers. The book examines how these social groups co Please click here to ask a question
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