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Towards a Critical Victimology - Ezzat A. Fattah

Towards a Critical Victimology

By: Ezzat A. Fattah (Editor)

Hardcover Published: 24th June 1992
ISBN: 9780333542224
Number Of Pages: 433

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Offering a challenge to the law and order perspective on victims' rights and the false contest that is usually created between those rights and the rights of offenders, this book sheds light on the ways in which victim initiatives emerged, the timing of those initiatives, their seemingly ulterior motives and the political interests they are meant to serve. In so doing, this book separates the facts from the rhetoric and unveils the hollowness of many of the slogans often used in the "struggle" for victims rights. This book further demonstrates that most of the supposedly innovative measures designed to improve the lot of crime victims are at best unfilled promises and at worst political palliatives and judicial placebos. Finally, this book offers a critique of recent developments in victimology, in particular the shift from a scholary stance to a lobbying posture. It also highlights the dangers of the missionary zeal exhibited by some victimologists in the interest of crime victims.

Acknowledgements - List of Contributors - Preface - Prologue: The Need for a Critical Victimology; E.A.Fattah - PART 1: CRITICAL VIEWS ON VICTIMOLOGY AND VICTIM POLICY - Victims and Victimology: The Facts and the Rhetoric; E.A.Fattah - Research Implications of Conflicting Conceptions of Victimology; D.R.Cressey - Which Victim Movement? The Politics of Victim Policy; R.Elias - The Wrongs of Victim's Rights; L.N.Henderson - PART 2: CRITICAL CONSIDERATIONS ON THE VICTIM'S ROLE IN THE JUSTICE PROCESS - The Victim's Role in the Penal Process: A Theoretical Orientation; L.Sebba - The Victim's Role in the Penal Process: Recent Developments in California; D.R.Ranish & D.Shichor - Victim Particpation in Sentencing Proceedings; H.C.Rubel - The Alleged Molestation Victim, The Rules of Evidence, and the Constitution: Should Children Really be Seen not Heard?; T.L.Feher - PART 3: INITIATIVES TO HELP VICTIMS OF CRIME: A CRITICAL APPRAISAL - Placebo Justice: Victim Recommendations and Offender Sentences in Sexual Assault Cases; A.Walsh - The Victim/Offender Reconciliation Program: A Message to Correctional Reformers; T.Dittenhoffer & R.V.Ericson - Restitution as Innovation or Unfilled Promise?; B.Galaway - Community Control, Criminal Justice and Victim Services; R.Elias - Epilogue: The United Nations Declaration of Basic Principles of Justice for Victims of Crime and Abuse of Power: A Constructive Critique - Index

ISBN: 9780333542224
ISBN-10: 0333542223
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 433
Published: 24th June 1992
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 3.81
Weight (kg): 0.71
Edition Number: 2