Criminality has accompanied social life from the outset. It has appeared at every stage of the development of every community, regardless of organisation, form of government or period in history. This work presents the views of criminologists from Central Europe on the phenomenon of criminality as a component of social and political reality. Despite the far advanced homogenisation of culture and the coming together of the countries that make up the European Union, criminality is not easily captured by statistics and simple comparisons. There can be huge variation not only on crime reporting systems and information on convicts but also on definitions of the same crimes and their formulations in the criminal codes of the individual European countries. This book fills a gap in the English-language criminological literature on the causes and determinants of criminality in Central Europe. Poland, as the largest country in the region, whose political post-war path has been similar to the other countries in this part of Europe, is subject to an exhaustive and original look at criminality as part of the political and social reality. The authors offer a contribution to the debate in the social and criminal policy of the state over the problems of criminality and how to control it.
’This volume gives an excellent overview about crime and criminal justice from different aspects in Poland, the largest country in the region of the former Soviet Union. The authors present data about crime development in the last century and cover issues including social change, poverty and social exclusion on the one side, and the role of justice, the media, social perception of crime, and factors of international interest on the other.’ Helmut Kury, University of Freiburg, Germany 'Relations between social change and crime have been an important theme for criminology since the times of Emile Durkheim. In that respect experience of Central European countries after the fall of communist regimes in 1989 is something unique. This book offers comprehensive and in-depth pictures of crime and criminal justice in the largest country of the region, namely Poland. Highly acclaimed when published in Polish it becomes now available for broader readership. It should be an indispensable source for all those interested in the subject.' Krzysztof Krajewski, Jagiellonian University, Poland ’This book provides a fresh perspective on the many facets of crime in Poland. Among many other factors, it looks at: crime over the space of a century; crime in different social systems; crime in a time of profound social change. Distinguished Polish criminologists draw a powerful picture of different aspects of crime in their country. Their analyses and views enrich our knowledge of crime in a part of Europe that has long been obscured.’ Alenka Å elih, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia ’This book provides an in-depth analysis of the crime situation in Poland during its different political eras. It reveals the factors that influence criminality, points out the changing faces of criminal policy and reviews the outcomes on further fields of criminological research. This fascinating study by outstanding Polish scholars, will show readers an image of the world of Polish criminality, a