The war on crime

Since the mid-1960s, the war on crime has reshaped public attitudes about state authority, criminal behavior and the responsibilities of citizenship. In Learning to Live with Crime: American Crime Narrative in the Neoconservative Turn, Boston College Professor of English Christopher P. Wilson examines how this war on crime has made its way into cultural representation and public consciousness, as Americans have been urged to regard crime as a risk of modern living and accept aggressive approaches to policing, private security and punishment. At its most scandalous, his study suggests, contemporary law enforcement has even come to mimic crime’s own operations.
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