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:

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This book has shown how the construction of social identities might best be conceptualised as consisting of the interplay, tensions and contradictions between modernity's ‘imperative of order’, including the expression of collective identities and interests, and the fragmentation, individualisation and fluidity of identities associated with conditions of late modernity. Both processes are at play, and serve to produce, perpetuate, deconstruct and influence the nature of identity formations within particular contexts. This book has also highlighted the fact that equality and diversity issues feature significantly in the policies and practices of all criminal justice agencies. The concern shown towards gender, ‘race’ and ethnicity, faith, sexual orientation, disability and age reflects wider social processes occurring in contemporary western societies, whereby questions of identity are increasingly important. Certainly, the subject of social identities in relation to crime, criminal justice and victimisation has much potential for criminology.

Keywords: social identities; late modernity; identity formations; equality; diversity; criminal justice; crime; victimisation; gender; sexual orientation

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