Crime, Truth and Justice: Official Inquiry, Discourse, Knowledge

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George P. Gilligan, John Pratt
Willan, 2004 - Social Science - 285 pages
This book analyses the production of criminological knowledge, with particular reference to one of the most important institutions in the western world involved in this – the official inquiry. The core focus of this book is thus to investigate the structures and processes of official discourse, and the ways in which this produces knowledge on crime and justice – a much neglected topic in comparison to the attention that has been played to the role of the media in this process. The mechanisms that produce official discourse vary according to different jurisdictions, but some clear themes nevertheless emerge. This book draws on contributors from the UK, Europe, North America, Australia and New Zealand to examine such issues as:the relationship between official inquiry and modern, democratic society; official inquiry and criminal justice, including policing and prisons; and official enquiry as a means of closure and healing, and as response to social crisis.

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George Gilligan is Senior Research Fellow in the Department of Business Law and Taxation at Monash University, Australia.

John Pratt is Professor of Criminology in the Schol of Social and Cultural Studies, Victorial University of Wellington, New Zealand.

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