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Special LEN Supplement A publication of John Jay College of Criminal Justice/CUNY April 30, 2002

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    International / Comparative Policing

    Barak, Gregg (ed.) (2000). CRIME AND CRIME CONTROL: A GLOBAL VIEW. Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press, ISBN: 0313306818
         A comparative historical study examines the cross-cultural relationships of crime and crime control between 15 countries or nation states. Societies have been grouped into one of 3 nation-state classifications based on their social, political, and economic integration into the world of multinational corporatism and lifestyle consumerism: 1) developed nation-states; 2) developing nation-states; and 3) post-traditional nation-states. Topics for each country include: trends and rates of crime and victimization; the historical development of crime and crime control; philosophical issues and responses to crime, and the legal and policy developments in crime control; future trends in crime and crime control. (Criminal Justice Abstracts)

    Dinnen, Sinclair (2001). LAW AND ORDER IN A WEAK STATE: CRIME AND POLITICS IN PAPUA NEW GUINEA. (Pacific Islands Monograph Series 17). Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press, ISBN: 0824822803.
         Sinclair Dinnen invites readers to move beyond the apocalyptic descriptions and doomsday forecasts that have characterized much of the popular, even academic, writing on crime in contemporary Papua New Guinea. His works focuses on three case studies involving urban gangs, mining security, and election-related violence. In each of these case studies, Dinnen sees the complex interplay of Melanesian social practices with the uneven, disruptive forces of modernization. The dynamics of these engagements are examined through an enriched, analytical framework that employs materialist, culturalist, and institutionalist perspectives. (David Hanlon, editor of Pacific Island Monograph Series)

    Emsley, Clive and Bessel, Richard (2000). PATTERNS OF PROVOCATION: POLICE AND PUBLIC DISORDER. New York: Berghahn, ISBN: 1571817190
         Seven studies that emerged from discussions and seminars at the European Centre for the Study of Policing at the Open University. Social scientists and other scholars probe in depth a number of incidents of public disorder, focusing on the role of the police. They identify general patterns of police provocation and public responses, and suggest general hypotheses. The cases range across Europe and the U.S. and the inter-war and post-war years, though the recent protests against global organizations are not among them. (

    Glaeser, Andreas (2000). DIVIDED IN UNITY: IDENTITY, GERMANY, AND THE BERLIN POLICE. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, ISBN: 0226297837
         After the fall of the Berlin Wall and the political unification of East and West Germany, the joy over unity quickly gave way to a profound sense of alienation between easterners and westerners. It was said that the Berlin Wall was simply replaced by the walls in the minds of people. The Berlin police force is one of the few organizations in united Germany in which easterners and westerners have been forced to work together, and Andreas Glaeser takes advantage of this unique opportunity to examine how the police officers relate to each other and to understand their expectations and hopes, their attitudes toward work, and their understanding of democracy and morality. (From the publisher)

    Haggerty, Kevin (2001). MAKING CRIME COUNT. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, ISBN: 080208348X
         Haggerty uses the concept of a knowledge network to examine how the Canadian Centre for Justice Statistics produces its numbers on crime and criminal justice. When many proclaim that official criminal justice statistics are social construction, he says, often they are merely dismissing the value of a particular set of numbers. Instead he takes the assertion as a starting point to analyze in detail the social and historically specific means by which truths are produced. (

    Hills, Alice (2000). POLICING AFRICA : INTERNAL SECURITY AND THE LIMITS OF LIBERALIZATION. Boulder, CO: Lynne Rienner Publishers, ISBN: 155587715X
         Case studies of models of policing in Eritrea, Ethiopia, Namibia, Somalia, Uganda, and Zaire offer a prism from which to view state-society relations in 1990s Africa, where political power has been closely tied to the role of the police. Hills explores the little-studied impact of steps toward liberalization on policing systems, and on the relationship between those systems and postcolonial national development. She also addresses special problems facing reconstructed states: e.g. the prevalence of low- intensity conflicts, U.N. and NGO involvement, and differing concepts of liberalization and professionalism. (

    Koenig, Daniel J. and Das, Dilip K. (Eds.) (2001). INTERNATIONAL POLICE COOPERATION: A WORLD PERSPECTIVE. Lanham, Md.: Lexington Books, ISBN: 0739102265
         Daniel J. Koenig and Dilip K. Das, two scholars with extensive experience in criminal justice, are committed to bringing together both practical and theoretical perspectives on the subject of international police cooperation. This book combines the efforts of leading practitioners and academics in criminology in order to address the challenges of such persistent international problems as organized crime and illegal immigration. Rather than focusing solely on the problems that make cooperation desirable, however, the book is also the most current and detailed account of new international cooperative initiatives. Using an innovative cross-cultural and comparative methodology, Koenig and Das present an invaluable source of information on policing. (From the publisher)

    Santiago, Michael (2000). EUROPOL AND POLICE COOPERATION IN EUROPE. Lewiston, N.Y.: E. Mellen, ISBN: 0773477314
         Trinidad-born Santiago (University of Surrey) asks whether the centralized model of information exchange that Europol is based on, is the most appropriate. Presenting and analyzing data about the liaison process between Europol and selected member states, the author concludes that Europol has evolved into something other than what it was intended. (

    Sheptycki, James (ed.). (2000). ISSUES IN TRANSNATIONAL POLICING. New York: Routledge, ISBN: 0415192617
         Transnationalism is a relatively new concept in the social and political sciences, emerging from increasing interest in the changing nature of the state-system and society. This interest ranges from the local to the regional to the global, with globalization currently a much-debated topic across the social science.

    Tor, Tanke H. and Espen, Barth E. (2000). PEACEBUILDING AND POLICE REFORM. Portland, Ore.: Frank Cass, ISBN: 0714649872
         Academics and practitioners of peacekeeping, civilian police activities, and police reform consider issues of internationally assisted police reform as part of the transition from civil war to domestic tranquillity. They include case studies from El Salvador and Guatemala, the Balkans, the West Bank and Gaza, and Mozambique and South Africa. A final contribution discusses the new trend toward internationally provided executive authority policing that is ongoing in Kosovo and East Timor. (

    Williams, Phil and Vlassis, Dimitri (eds.) (2001). COMBATING TRANSNATIONAL CRIME: CONCEPTS, ACTIVITIES AND RESPONSES. Portland, Ore.: Frank Cass, ISBN: 0714651567
         The emergence of transnational criminal organizations is both a symptom and a result of changes in international relations, which was unexpected by many states as the end of the Cold War. These governments find it not easy to develop an effective and sustained response to transnational organized crime. This volume presents the efforts of many countries and international organizations to combat such crime. It is divided into three sections: conceptual analyses relating to various facets of the problem; some examples of transnational organized crime and illegal markets of operation; and papers looking at various initiatives that governments and international organizations have taken and/or need to take.

    Wright, Joanne and Bryett, Keith (2000). POLICING AND CONFLICT IN NORTHERN IRELAND. New York: St. Martin’s Press, ISBN: 0312233558
         In societies suffering from acute political and social cleavage, policing agencies are invariably at the heart of the conflict resolution processes. In Northern Ireland, there have been calls for the Royal Ulster Constabulary to be disbanded as well as for it to be retained unchanged. After considering various options and models especially from Spain, South Africa, and the Netherlands, this book charts a path for reform that takes account of Northern Ireland’s political realities and will help build trust and inclusions. They suggest a radical reform rather than disbandment or a regionalized replacement. (From the publisher)

    Integrity & Oversight

    El-Ayouty, Yassin; Ford, Kevin J. and Davies, Mark (eds.) (2000). GOVERNMENT ETHICS AND LAW ENFORCEMENT: TOWARD GLOBAL GUIDELINES. Westport, Conn.: Praeger, ISBN: 0275965929
         Recognizing that the quality of governance is a crucial factor in the overall development of a country, experts on government ethics and law enforcement examine the principles that need to be applied to create more effective and efficient governments. While focusing on the approaches adopted by the City of New York, case studies from around the world are also given. The volume opens with a prologue by former NewYork mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani.


    Goldsmith, Andrew J. and Lewis, Colleen (eds.) (2000). CIVILIAN OVERSIGHT OF POLICING: GOVERNANCE, DEMOCRACY, AND HUMAN RIGHTS. Oxford-Portland, Ore.: Hart Publishing, ISBN: 1841130303
         This anthology presents 12 previously unpublished articles that examine recent experiences with, and prospects for, civilian oversight of policing in a wide variety of contexts. States and societies examined range from Australia, Canada, the United States and Northern Ireland, to South Africa, Palestine, Haiti and Brazil. The essays examine the ability to successfully transplant Western liberal democratic ideas to regions and countries with very different political traditions.

    Juvenile Crime & Delinquency

    Garbarino, James (2000). LOST BOYS: WHY OUR SONS TURN VIOLENT AND HOW WE CAN SAVE THEM. New York, Alfred A. Knopf, ISBN: 0385499329
         An impressively well researched, thoughtful and helpful study of why some American boys become violent, even murderous, and about what can be done, beyond the simpleminded response of building more prisons, to prevent such behavior and to help boys when preventive efforts fail. Garbarino delves into the confluence of psychological, social, existential, and spiritual factors that make some “acting out” boys become violent. These include lack of sufficient attachment to at least one loving and reliable adult, living in drug- and crime-infested neighborhoods, suffering abuse or some other trauma, and lacking the kind of a “spiritual anchor” that provides a system of meaning beyond the self. In the last quarter of his book, Garbarino proposes a variety of responses (he doesn’t believe in a single “magic bullet” solution) to aid at-risk and violent boys. His ideas are often innovative and generally involve the boys’ families as well as social institutions. Garbarino bases his findings on both an extensive review of the literature and wide-ranging discussions with a significant number of boys in prison. (From Kirkus Reviews)

         This timely and comprehensive guide is designed to meet the security response needs of both educators and law enforcement personnel by detailing how an effective response plan can be developed to deal with the issue of school violence. By implementing these guidelines, those in responsible positions can help prevent the incalculable costs of death, facility destruction, disruption of operations, negative public perception, and the resulting embarrassment that these acts cause. The main idea behind this book is the principle of “saving lives when all other proactive means have failed.” It focuses on the elements of rapid containment, area control, and the re-securing of the affected area. (Editors of

    Richman, Jack M. and Fraser, Mark W. (eds.) (2001). THE CONTEXT OF YOUTH VIOLENCE: RESILENCE, RISK, AND PROTECTION. Westport, Conn.: Praeger, ISBN: 0275967247
         Leading scholars summarize current research on risk, protection and resilience in the context of youth violence and its implications for practice with children and families. It describes an emerging framework for understanding social and health problems and for developing more effective programs for interventions. This book describes resilient children by examining risk factors for violence and explores the factors that lead some children to resist or adapt to risk.

    Juvenile Crime

    Tatum, Becky L. (2000). CRIME, VIOLENCE, AND MINORITY YOUTHS. Burlington, Vt.: Ashgate; ISBN 1840149620
         The author critically examines the ability of both classical structural theories and the colonial model to explain high rates of crime among African- and Mexican-American youths. These perspectives use class versus race as a starting point of analysis, arguing that crime and delinquency are adaptive responses to structural social relations. Tatum, in turn, proposes the neocolonial model as a framework that addresses the limitations of both theoretical perspectives. Findings from a pilot study testing several of the propositions and assumptions of the neocolonial model provide initial insights into the adequacy and the theoretical value of the framework.

    Weartherburn, Don and Bronwyn, Lind (2001). DELINQUENT-PRONE COMMUNITIES. Cambridge, U.K.: Cambridge University Press; ISBN: 0521790948
         “This book is about the interrelationship between economic and social stress, parental competence and crime-prone communities. We do not, however, put forward a general theory of the role of economic factors in crime, let alone a general theory of crime… Our contention is that economic and social stress create fertile conditions for the development of crime-prone communities, not because they drive otherwise law-abiding people into crime but because they are corrosive of the quality of parenting in a way which renders juveniles more susceptible to delinquent peer influence.” (From the authors)