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Victims, Culture and Society


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Concerns about victimisation have multiplied over the last fifty years. Victims, Culture and Society explores the major concepts, debates and controversies that this concern has generated across a range of disciplines but particularly within criminology and victimology. As the impact of globalisation, the movement of peoples, the divergences between the global north and the global south have become ever more apparent, this series provides an authoritative space for original contributions in making sense of these far reaching changes on individuals, localities and nationalities. These issues in their very nature demand an interdisciplinary approach and an interdisciplinary voice outside conventional conceptual boundaries. Victims, Culture and Society offers the space for that voice.

Each author will adopt a strong personal view and offer a lively and agenda setting treatment of their subject matter. The monographs will encompass a transnational, global or comparative approach to the issues they address. Examining new areas of both empirical and theoretical inquiry the series offers the opportunity for innovative and progressing thinking about the relationship between victims, culture and society. The books will be useful and thought provoking resources for the international community of undergraduates, post-graduates, researchers and policy makers working within the broad field of victimisation.

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Victim Support and the Welfare State

Victim Support and the Welfare State

1st Edition

Carina Gallo, Kerstin Svensson
May 28, 2019

This book provides a rich analysis of the history of Swedish victim support. With the majority of research on victim support centering on the Anglosphere, this book offers a unique case study for considering the role of the victim in the criminal justice system. While Sweden has enacted many laws...

Governing Child Abuse Voices and Victimisation: The Use of Public Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse in Christian Institutions

Governing Child Abuse Voices and Victimisation: The Use of Public Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse in Christian Institutions

1st Edition

Jodi Death
April 01, 2019

Child sexual abuse by clergy within the Roman Catholic Church has emerged as a social and political discourse over the last three decades. The analysis here specifically focuses on the establishment, conduct, and outcomes of the extensive public inquiries of Australia, although inquiries in other...

Sexual Violence Against Older People

Sexual Violence Against Older People

1st Edition

Hannah Bows
March 21, 2019

Research on sexual violence has been a growing area of academic study since the 1970s. However, the focus of these efforts has centred on younger women, leaving older women largely ignored in research. This book presents data from the first UK study to examine the extent, nature and impacts of...

Challenging the Human Trafficking Narrative: Victims, Villains, and Heroes

Challenging the Human Trafficking Narrative: Victims, Villains, and Heroes

1st Edition

Erin O'Brien
July 30, 2018

What is the moral of the human trafficking story, and how can the narrative be shaped and evolved? Stories of human trafficking are prolific in the public domain, proving immensely powerful in guiding our understandings of trafficking, and offering something tangible on which to base policy and...

Cultural Practices of Victimhood

Cultural Practices of Victimhood

1st Edition

Martin Hoondert, Paul Mutsaers, William Arfman
July 09, 2018

Cultural Practices of Victimhood aims to set the agenda for a cultural study of victimhood. Words such as ‘victim’ and ‘victimhood’ represent shifting cultural signifiers, their meaning depending on the cultural context of their usage. Using case studies and through a practice-based approach,...

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