Critical Criminology

, Volume 23, Issue 2, pp 205–208 | Cite as

Leanne Weber, Elaine Fishwick and Marinella Marmo: Crime, Justice and Human Rights

Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke, Hampshire, UK, 2014, 246 pp
  • Avi Brisman
Book Review

Human rights, according to the Australian trio of Leanne Weber, Elaine Fishwick and Marinella Marmo, “provide a set of normative standards against which the performance of governments can be assessed, and are referred to increasingly in the quest for social, cultural and economic justice as well as for the protection of civil liberties” (p. 1)—and, in a time marked by a preoccupation with security, can provide the language, concepts and elements necessary to pose questions about the benefits, harms and limits of state action and inaction. Weber, Fishwick and Marmo assert that because criminology considers how individuals and groups encounter and give meaning to the (ab)uses of state power, contemporary criminological inquiry should embrace the critical study of human rights. Crime, Justice and Human Rightsseeks to introduce the promise and perils of human rights to criminologists, while at the same time, exposing scholars, students and advocates of human rights to the knowledge...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Eastern Kentucky UniversityRichmondUSA

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