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Who Are the Criminals?


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This critically important book offers an incisive analysis of the links between the increase in incarceration for street crime in the last several decades and deregulation of the business suites. It is simultaneously a scholarly tour de force and a sweeping indictment of the political uses of crime. -- Kitty Calavita, University of California, Irvine John Hagan shows that the stories of street crime and white-collar crime are not separate, but interwoven. He also closely ties together the histories of politics, policymaking, criminal justice practice, and criminological thought. This book could only have been written by someone with the expertise that Hagan has amassed over many decades of intense and extremely productive research. This is a significant contribution indeed. -- Joachim J. Savelsberg, University of Minnesota This is an important and in many respects brilliant book. The analyses of criminology in the ages of Roosevelt and Reagan are masterful. At its most ambitious, the book aspires to frame a new kind of criminology that breaks with the belief that government stands between society and the dangerous. This is an exciting vision. -- Jonathan Simon, University of California, Berkeley

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List of Illustrations ix Prologue: Washington Crime Stories 1 Chapter 1: The President's Secret Crime Report 10 Chapter 2: Street Crimes and Suite Misdemeanors 31 Chapter 3: Explaining Crime in the Age of Roosevelt 69 Chapter 4: Explaining Crime in the Age of Reagan 101 Chapter 5: Framing the Fears of the Streets 137 Chapter 6: Framing the Freeing of the Suites 168 Chapter 7: Crime Wars, War Crimes, and State Crimes 213 Epilogue: The Age of Obama? 257 Acknowledgments 269 References 271 Index 293

About the Author

John Hagan is the John D. MacArthur Professor of Sociology and Law at Northwestern University and the American Bar Foundation. He received the Stockholm Prize in Criminology in 2009. His books include "Darfur and the Crime of Genocide".


Hagan, one of the world's leading sociologists, explores the basis of modern US crime policy from the early 20th century to the present... Thoughtful readers should reflect on the author's eminently sensible and workable suggestions for redirecting the nation's crime policies so that they are both more effective and less expensive. If someone has time to read only one book on contemporary crime and crime policy, this is the book. Choice

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