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Cultures and Crimes: Policing in Four Nations

Norman Dennis and George Erdos, January 2005

There are few issues which raise more concern than the increase in crime and anti-social behaviour. In spite of attempts by criminologists to dismiss these concerns as “moral panic”, and in spite of attempts by the government to massage the statistics, citizens feel increasingly threatened. Cultures and Crimes argues that this increase in crime is the result of profound cultural changes which occurred in the 1960s, creating a permissive society that gave us greater personal freedoms but at the expense of shared norms of behaviour.

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