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Policing the Crisis: Mugging, the State, and Law and Order

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How and why did an activity familiar in London streets as long ago as the 1860s come to be described by the British press and police in August 1972 as ‘a frightening new strain of crime’? And if mugging—for this is the crime in question—was new in 1972, how could comparative statistics be produced for its incidence going back to 1968?

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Paperback, 454 pages
Published May 24th 1978 by Palgrave (first published January 1st 1978)
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Jan 31, 2011 Andrea rated it it was amazing
A monument to collective work and monumental in scale, this is a book I shall be using and thinking about for a very long time. Starting from a media panic in the 1970s around mugging, it spirals out and around to the changing world of Britain from the 50s to the 70s, the Black Power movement, the union movement, the student movement, the earthquake happening at the the very roots of the working class. I finally begin to understand Thatcher, though it is too early to cover her rise to power. I d ...more
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Notes from C.S.:

Hall (1986) demonstrates the ever-changing and non-static nature of identity through his examples that showcase the evolution of the power of popular culture which intercedes with the culture of state power, as exhibited in examples from Britain, and with inspiration from Gramsci’s views on hegemony.

Hall (1986) brings examples that relate to the culture of reading as well as of the press and broadcasting, all the while observing the influence of the authority on setting the peri
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I first read this book when I was at university in the eighties. It is still relevant today, and provides an excellent insight into the way the media presents crime, and the way media reporting generates the public perception of crime and the political response to it.

Compulsory reading for anyone interested in politics, media, or criminology!
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i read this for my thesis and it was completely invaluable, a great theoretical background and a really interesting topic. highly recommended, for both academic reading and just general interest.
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Despite Stuart Hall's Stalinism this remains an important book and one that would probably embarrass Hall himself, today.
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Re-read. Still pretty important.
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