This classic text argues that crime control, rather than crime itself is the real danger for our future. Since the second edition was published in 1994, prison populations , especially in Russia and America, have grown at an increasingly rapid rate. This third edition is published to take account of these changes and draw attention to the scale of an escalating problem. It contains completely new chapters - one on 'penal geography', the other on 'the Russian case' - and has been extensively revised.
Not crime itself, but crime control is the real danger for society, argues Christie (criminology, U. of Oslo). He documents the enormous growth in the number of prisoners in recent years, particularly in Russia and the US. But the fundamental problems, he says, are the unequal distribution of wealth and the lack of access to paid work. The 1993 first edition was published in English and as by Universitetsforlaget, Oslo; the second edition appeared in 1994. The third is radially revised to account for the accelerating proportion of people in prison, and contains new chapters on penal geography and the Russian case. It is not indexed. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)