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Paul Rock and the Criminology of Law-Making: Contingency, Emotions, and a Defiance Theory of Victims’ Rights

Lawrence Sherman and Heather Strang

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/9780199580231.003.0013

Series: Clarendon Studies in Criminology

Paul Rock and the Criminology of Law-Making: Contingency, Emotions, and a Defiance Theory of Victims’ Rights

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This chapter is concerned with Paul Rock's work on the criminology of law-making. It highlights the role of the organizational weapon of victim advocacy organizations, asking whether they are central to the making of laws about victims and whether advocacy or lobbying groups are generally a necessary condition for law-making about crime. It also applies the specific emotional propositions of defiance theory to Rock's work, seeking indications and examples of falsification, modification, or confirmation.

Keywords: Paul Rock; criminology; law-making; victim advocacy organizations; victims; crime; defiance theory

Chapter.  7799 words. 

Subjects: Criminal Law

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