This book is a timely and wide-ranging account of the relationship between the development of a 'free market society' in Europe and North America and the fears and anxieties provoked by crime. It offers an evaluation of the theoretical schools in social theory and in criminology which continue to dominate the academy, but whose purchase on contemporary realities is everywhere slipping.
Ian Taylor is Principal of Van Mildert College, Durham University, formerly Professor of Sociology, University of Salford.
Introduction. 1. Social Transitions of the Late Twentieth Century: 'Crime' and 'Fear' in Context. 2. The Ninth Transition: The Rise of Market Society. 3. Young People, Crime and Fear in Market Societies. 4. Crime in the City: Housing Market and Consumer Markets and the Social Geography of Crime and Anxiety in Market Society. 5. Fraudsters and Villains: the Private Temptations of Market Society. 6. Lethal Markets: the Legal and Illegal Economies in Firearms. 7. The Market in Social Control. 8. Crime in the Future(s) Market. Bibliography. Notes. Index.