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Constructing Crime

Contemporary Processes of Criminalization

Distributed for University of British Columbia Press

Constructing Crime

Contemporary Processes of Criminalization

Constructing Crime examines why particular behaviours are defined and enforced as crimes and particular individuals are targeted as criminals. Contributors interrogate notions of crime, processes of criminalization, and the deployment of the concept of crime in five areas – the enforcement of fraud against welfare recipients and physicians, the enforcement of laws against Aboriginal harvesting practices, the perceptions of disorder in public housing projects, and the selective criminalization of gambling. These case studies and an afterword by Marie-Andrée Bertrand challenge us to consider just who is rendered criminal and why.


224 pages

Law and Society


Table of Contents

Introduction / Janet Mosher and Joan Brockman

1 Welfare Fraud: The Construction of Social Assistance as Crime / Janet Mosher and Joe Hermer

2 Fraud against the Public Purse by Health Care Professionals: The Privilege of Location / Joan Brockman

3 PimatsowinWeyasowewina: Our Lives, Others’ Laws / Lisa Chartrand and Cora Weber-Pillwax

4 Incivilities: The Representations and Reactions of French Public Housing Residents in Montreal City / Frédéric Lemieux and Nadège Sauvêtre

5 The Legalization of Gambling in Canada / Colin S. Campbell, Timothy F. Hartnagel, and Garry J. Smith

Afterword / Marie-Andrée Bertrand

Index

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