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Appreciating the Broad Reach of Serious Crime and the Interpretive Power of Claims to Secondary Victimization

Rachel Condry

in The Eternal Recurrence of Crime and Control: Essays in Honour of Paul Rock

Published in print July 2010 | ISBN: 9780199580231
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191702280 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199580231.003.0011

Series: Clarendon Studies in Criminology

Appreciating the Broad Reach of Serious Crime and the Interpretive Power of Claims to Secondary Victimization

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This chapter focuses on Paul Rock's work on the ‘secondary victims’ of homicide and other serious crimes. It explores the competing and contested nature of claims to secondary victim status and the implications of these claims for our understanding of the complex consequences and structures that crime generates. It suggests that two important aspects of Rock's approach — an appreciative stance which remains open to what people say about their social worlds, simultaneously combined with an analytical distance which interrogates the meaning of such claims — are essential to a full understanding of the broad impact of crime and the lived realities of the many people whose lives are transformed by crime and victimization.

Keywords: Paul Rock; secondary victims; homicide; crime; victimization

Chapter.  6351 words. 

Subjects: Criminal Law

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