Social Justice: Theories, Issues, and Movements (Critical Issues in Crime and Society)

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9780813540375: Social Justice: Theories, Issues, and Movements (Critical Issues in Crime and Society)

An eye for an eye, the balance of scales--for centuries, these and other traditional concepts exemplified the public's perception of justice. Today, popular culture, including television shows like Law and Order, informs the public's vision. But do age-old symbols, portrayals in the media, and existing systems truly represent justice in all of its nuanced forms, or do we need to think beyond these notions?

In Social Justice: Theories, Issues, and Movements, Loretta Capeheart and Dragan Milovanovic respond to the need for a comprehensive introduction to this topic. The authors argue that common conceptions of criminal justice--which accept, for the most part, a politically established definition of crime--are too limited. Instead, they show the relevancy of history, political economy, culture, critique, and cross-cultural engagement to the advancement of justice.

Drawing on contemporary issues ranging from globalization to the environment, this essential textbook--ideal for course use--encourages practitioners, reformists, activists, and scholars to question the limits of the law in its present state in order to develop a fairer system at the local, national, and global levels.

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Loretta Capeheart is an associate professor of justice studies at Northeastern Illinois University. Dragan Milovanovic is a professor of justice studies at Northeastern Illinois University and the author, coauthor, and editor of more than a dozen books.

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"This book is a major contribution to the field and sensitizes us to the importance of moving beyond mainstream, narrow conceptions of justice." - Walter S. DeKeseredy, professor of criminology, justice and policy studies, University of Ontario Institute of Technology"

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