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Crimes of Dissent: Civil Disobedience, Criminal Justice, and the Politics of Conscience (Alternative Criminology) Paperback – July 1, 2009

ISBN-13: 978-0814752272 ISBN-10: 0814752276
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"This book gives an account of people who 'deliberately and publicly violate the law as expressions of protest against perceived racial, economic, or social injustice' (p. viii).  The accounts are generated primarily through interviews with 21 activists who have transgressed the law.  They are used to illuminate both the personal and social consequences of dissent and provide a particular insight into the workings of the United States police and justice systems."-Bruce Curtis,Australian & New Zealand Journal of Criminology

“This book is a timely reminder of the long history of the criminalization of dissent and civil disobedience that from time to time gets buried under the mass of numbers and figures so loved by many criminologists. Here we get the real story of dissent as narrated by dissenters themselves and the effects of the criminalization process on the everyday lives of both their families and themselves.”
-Mike Presdee,author of Cultural Criminology and the Carnival of Crime

is a highly engaging examination of contemporary forms and meanings of political activism in the United States. Written from the perspective of the scholar activist, the book is one part promotion of law violating forms of political action - ‘crimes of dissent’ - and one part handbook on civil disobedience.” -Socialist Studies: the Journal of the Society for Socialist Studies

“Civil disobedience is the voice of our consciences, the courage which mocks our fear of authority, the point where right defies rules. This book wisely and elegantly charts the methods and philosophy of dissent, it is a must read and a good read for anyone concerned with the injustices of our times.”
-Jock Young,author of The Vertigo of Late Modernity

“As a window into the contemporary American subculture of dissent, Crimes of Dissent is a fascinating read. The current American microcosm of dissentwhich is at turns strange and familiar, idealistic and pragmatic, ludicrous and lucidis revealed in full glory.”

-Law and Politics Book Review

Crimes of Dissent will immediately engage students and activists alike. Using clear and concise first-person narratives, the book explains why and how people engage in civil disobedience and the ways that law enforcement responds. The reader stands to learn important concepts and ideas regarding political dissent, it’s long history, and the theory behind it.”

-Luis A. Fernandez,author of Policing Dissent: Social Control and the Anti-Globalization Movement

About the Author

Jarret S. Lovell is Associate Professor of Politics, Administration & Justice at California State University, Fullerton.


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Product Details

  • Series: Alternative Criminology
  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: NYU Press (July 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0814752276
  • ISBN-13: 978-0814752272
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,608,546 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Jarret gives a talk at our church, explaining why he spent many years working on this book. He teaches political science and criminal justice to police cadets and other students at Cal State Fullerton. He is a great teacher.
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