Disease and Crime, 1st Edition

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  • ISBN-10: 113504595X
  • ISBN-13: 9781135045951
  • DDC: 364.2
  • Grade Level Range: College Freshman - College Senior
  • 210 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2014 | Published/Released January 2016
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2014

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Disease and crime are increasingly conflated in the contemporary world. News reports proclaim 'epidemics' of crime, while politicians denounce terrorism as a lethal pathological threat. Recent years have even witnessed the development of a new subfield, 'epidemiological criminology,' which merges public health with criminal justice to provide analytical tools for criminal justice practitioners and health care professionals. Little attention, however, has been paid to the historical contexts of these disease and crime equations, or to the historical continuities and discontinuities between contemporary invocations of crime as disease and the emergence of criminology, epidemiology, and public health in the second half of the nineteenth century. When, how and why did this pathologization of crime and criminalization of disease come about? This volume addresses these critical questions, exploring the discursive construction of crime and disease across a range of geographical and historical settings.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Other Frontmatter.
Routledge Studies in Cultural History.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
Introduction: Pathologizing Crime, Criminalizing Disease.
Part I.
1: Hong Kong's Floating World: Disease and Crime at the Edge of Empire.
2: Sexual Deviancies, Disease, and Crime in Cesare Lombroso and the “Italian School” of Criminal Anthropology.
3: Pathological Properties: Scenes of Crime, Sites of Infection.
4: Morality Plays: Presentations of Criminality and Disease in Nazi Ghettos and Concentration Camps.
Part II.
5: The “Bad” and the “Sick”: Medicalizing Deviance in China.
6: Contagious Wilderness: Avian Flu and Suburban Riots in the French Media.
7: The Criminalization of Industrial Disease: Epidemiology in a Japanese Asbestos Lawsuit.
8: Crime Between History and Natural History.