Ageing, disability, criminology and criminal justice

Basia Spalek

in Communities, identities and crime

Published by Policy Press

Published in print November 2007 | ISBN: 9781861348043
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447301899 | DOI:
Ageing, disability, criminology and criminal justice

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This chapter focuses on two further minority groupings that have traditionally been marginalised by criminologists: older people and people with disabilities. It argues that in criminology there seems to have been a tendency to focus upon young people, particularly as offenders, although some research in relation to the fear of crime and victimisation has included a consideration of older people. People with disabilities who experience crime, on the other hand, have been labelled ‘invisible victims’ because crimes committed against these individuals are often hidden and not reported to agencies of the criminal justice system. This chapter presents key research and policy issues in relation to older people and people with disabilities, both as offenders and as victims of crime. At the same time, it explores some of the issues that the inclusion of identities in relation to ageing and disability pose for criminological knowledge construction. It contends that research with older people and people with disabilities places focus upon the body, the body as ageing, or the body as ‘impaired’.

Keywords: ageing; disability; criminology; criminal justice; crime; victimisation; older people; people with disabilities; offenders; body

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