The Politics of Victimization: Victims, Victimology, and Human Rights

Paperback | June 1, 1981

byRobert Elias

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This useful text provides a comprehensive introductory overview of the study of victims and victimization. Victimization is here considered as a reflection of American society. Taking a broad perspective, Elias argues that the study of victimology requires more than merely analyzing criminaljustice; it requires linking it to much wider social, political and economic relations--especially to the American political economy. This study rejects the official definition of crime and victimization and establishes a relationship between victimology and human rights, thus advocating a "new"victimology which embraces victims of both crime and repression. Elias proposes that since much crime arises in response to various forms of oppression, a society unconcerned with human rights violations and its victims can likewise provide little help for crime victims.

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Elias proposes a new definition of victimology that transcends current official and social perceptions of victimization and its sources.

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This useful text provides a comprehensive introductory overview of the study of victims and victimization. Victimization is here considered as a reflection of American society. Taking a broad perspective, Elias argues that the study of victimology requires more than merely analyzing criminaljustice; it requires linking it to much wide...

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Elias proposes a new definition of victimology that transcends current official and social perceptions of victimization and its sources.

Robert Elias is at University of San Francisco.
Format:PaperbackDimensions:408 pages, 5.31 × 8.27 × 1.1 inPublished:June 1, 1981Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0195039815

ISBN - 13:9780195039818

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Elias proposes a new definition of victimology that transcends current official and social perceptions of victimization and its sources.

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"A definitive piece on the process of victimization and its after-effects. Indeed, before citizens and policymakers can begin to heal one another we must first understand what has happened and what is happening. Elias moves us significantly in this direction."--Christian Davenport, Universityof Houston