When Children Kill Children: Penal Populism and Political Culture by David A. Green

When Children Kill Children: Penal Populism and Political Culture

byDavid A. Green

Paperback | February 15, 2012

not yet rated|write a review

Pricing and Purchase Info

$52.50

Earn 263 plum® points

Ships within 1-3 weeks

Ships free on orders over $25

Not available in stores

about

When Children Kill Children: Penal Populism and Political Culture examines the role of political culture and penal populism in the response to the emotive subject of child-on-child homicide. The book explores the reasons underlying the vastly differing responses of the English and Norwegian criminal justice systems to the cases of James Bulger and Silje Redergard respectively. Whereas James Bulger's killers were subject to extreme press and public hostility, held in secure detention fornine months and tried in an adverserial court; Redergard's killers were shielded from public antagonism and carefully reintegrated into the local community. This book argues that English adverserial political culture creates far more incentives to politicize high-profile crimes than Norwegianconsensus political culture. Drawing on a wealth of empirical research, the author suggests that the tendency for politicians to justify punitive responses to crime by invoking harsh political attitudes is based upon a flawed understanding of public opinion. In a compelling study, this book proposes a more deliberative response to crime that accommodates the informed public in news ways - ways that might help build social capital and remove incentives for cynical penal populism.

About The Author

Dr David A. Green is Assistant Professor of Sociology at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, The City University of New York. Prior to this he was a postdoctoral Junior Research Fellow at Christ Church, University of Oxford. His main research interests involve the interrelationship between crime, media, public opinion, and politics ...
The Hundred Years War: A People's History
The Hundred Years War: A People's History

by David Green

$32.50

In stock online

Available in stores

Income Inequality: The Canadian Story
Income Inequality: The Canadian Story

by David A. Green

$39.35$39.95

Ships within 1-2 weeks

Not available in stores

Shop this author

Details & Specs

Title:When Children Kill Children: Penal Populism and Political CultureFormat:PaperbackDimensions:352 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.03 inPublished:February 15, 2012Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0199653526

ISBN - 13:9780199653522

Look for similar items by category:

Customer Reviews of When Children Kill Children: Penal Populism and Political Culture

Reviews

Extra Content

Table of Contents

1. When children kill children2. Culture, politics in the media in Norway and England3. Crime and punishment in Norway and England4. The constraints and effects of political culture5. The constraints of discourse6. Media constraints and the formation of political opinions7. Contextualizing tragedy8. English penal policy climates and political culture9. Political culture, legitimacy, and penal populism10. Public opinion versus public judgment11. Effecting penal climate change

Editorial Reviews

"this important, stimulating book has the potential to become a landmark contribution to the development of comparative penology." --John Pratt, Punishment and Society