Peter Ramsay

in The Insecurity State

Published in print April 2012 | ISBN: 9780199581061
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191741005 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Monographs on Criminal Law and Justice


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This introductory chapter presents a summary of the argument of the book; explains the method of immanent critique used to study the law; contrasts this method with that of both orthodox normative theory and normatively sceptical sociological theories of criminal justice policy; and summarizes and explains the presentation of the argument.

Keywords: criminal law theory; methodology; immanent critique; criminal justice policy

Chapter.  8429 words. 

Subjects: Criminal Law

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