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For Pragmatism and Politics: Crime, Social Harm and Zemiology

Tombs, Steve (2018). For Pragmatism and Politics: Crime, Social Harm and Zemiology. In: Boukli, Avi (Paraskevi) and Kotzé, Justin eds. Zemiology: Reconnecting Crime and Social Harm. Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 11–31.

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What does it mean to go ‘beyond criminology’? This chapter seeks to tease out some of the issues at stake in the relationships between critical criminology, social harm and zemiology. In so doing, I engage in both personal reflection as well as critical considerations of some of the responses to Beyond Criminology, and on these bases suggest that there are a number of theoretical differences between critical criminology, social harm, and zemiology. These, in turn, pertain to the question of whether zemiology should be considered as a separate discipline or simply a branch of critical criminology, perhaps with a social-harm-approach twist. In conclusion, I argue that whether one embraces a rights or needs-based approach to addressing social harm it is ultimately a political commitment – albeit one about which we need to be clear.

Item Type: Book Section
Copyright Holders: 2018 The Author
ISBN: 3-319-76311-3, 978-3-319-76311-8
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > Social Sciences and Global Studies > Social Policy and Criminology
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > Social Sciences and Global Studies
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS)
Research Group: Harm and Evidence Research Collaborative (HERC)
Item ID: 57596
Depositing User: Steve Tombs
Date Deposited: 12 Nov 2018 15:49
Last Modified: 09 Aug 2019 09:37
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