Tradition and Innovation in Crime and Criminal Justice
Israel Studies in Criminology, founded by Shlomo G. Shohamand endorsed by the Israel Society of Criminology, has brought criminology in the Israeli context to the English-speaking world since 1970. The chapters in this volume feature a wide range of theoretical and practical issues in the context of Israel. The guiding theme is Tradition (and culture) and Innovation as either contributing to a particular crime problem such as violence against women or to solutions as revealed in the chapter on rehabilitating inmates in Kibbutzim. Edna Erez and Nadera Shalhoub-Kevorkian write that culturally-sensitive approaches sometimes lead to policies of malign neglect; they argue for policies of respect based on contextually-sensitive approaches. Shoham outlines the mindset that carries out suicide bombings as a sequel to a harsh cultural conflict that raged throughout the ages. In these chapters, we are reminded that crime has a past and a future, in theory and practice. Nick Tilley compares the early views of Karl Popper and later innovations from Ronald Clarke's situational crime prevention, while Hovav, Lawental, and Lawental evaluate the development of substance abuse treatment services in Israel. It is clear that crime is transcending international boundaries and that globalization is facilitating the process. Fighting against a greater number of crimes involving Israel as a global partner will require international solutions and cooperation.
Publication Date: 4/1/2004