Social defence and international reconstructon: illustrating the governance of post-war criminological discourse

Walters, Reece (2001). Social defence and international reconstructon: illustrating the governance of post-war criminological discourse. Theoretical Criminology, 5(2) pp. 203–221.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1177/1362480601005002004

Abstract

This article examines the technocratic priorities of criminological discourse following the Second World War. In doing so, it charts the role and influence of the United Nations and the doctrine of social defence, and traces those shifts and events that have forged a nexus between criminological endeavour and processes of governance. This article aims to illustrate that social defence and international reconstruction provide a useful framework for understanding the links between power/knowledge and the pragmatic orientations of criminological scholarship.

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