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Crime and Control in China

The Myth of Harmony

Bakken, Børge

China Today

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1. Auflage Oktober 2022
256 Seiten, Softcover
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ISBN: 978-0-7456-6318-0
John Wiley & Sons

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China is a transitional society with one of the highest inequality rates in the world. Criminologists would typify this as a highly toxic combination creating very high levels of crime. Yet China reports extremely low crime rates. How might this be?

With this book, Børge Bakken shows that China does not match the rosy picture of low crime and rule-by-law that the authorities present to the world. Looking beyond the statistics, Bakken discovers that violent crime is a particularly ""sensitive issue,"" deliberately censored by party propaganda and by an unaccountable police force that can ""vanish"" any type of crime to a degree that makes a ""crime rate"" a mere formality. As Bakken reveals, official Chinese crime statistics cannot be used to make assumptions about China's crime profile. Even the assumption that crime represents the problem and control its solution is not valid, Bakken argues. Because when control becomes part of the problem, the false assumption of a ""harmonious society"" evaporates, rendering ""harmony"" a myth and violence the traumatic reality.

This meticulous investigation of crime and justice in China is crucial reading for those interested in the Chinese regime and China's state control, as well as criminologists and sociologists of crime.

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China is a transitional society with one of the highest inequality rates in the world. Criminologists would typify this as a highly toxic combination creating very high levels of crime. Yet China reports extremely low crime rates. How might this be?

With this book, Børge Bakken shows that China does not match the rosy picture of low crime and rule-by-law that the authorities present to the world. Looking beyond the statistics, Bakken discovers that violent crime is a particularly ""sensitive issue,"" deliberately censored by party propaganda and by an unaccountable police force that can ""vanish"" any type of crime to a degree that makes a ""crime rate"" a mere formality. As Bakken reveals, official Chinese crime statistics cannot be used to make assumptions about China's crime profile. Even the assumption that crime represents the problem and control its solution is not valid, Bakken argues. Because when control becomes part of the problem, the false assumption of a ""harmonious society"" evaporates, rendering ""harmony"" a myth and violence the traumatic reality.

This meticulous investigation of crime and justice in China is crucial reading for those interested in the Chinese regime and China's state control, as well as criminologists and sociologists of crime.

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Chronology

Introduction

Shùzì / Numbers

1. The Manipulation of Chinese Crime Statistics

Chu ngsh ng / Trauma

2: The Historical Patterns of Crime, Violence, and Trauma
Páichì / Exclusion

3: Transition, Inequality, and Exclusion: Two Kinds of People

Ji nshì / Surveillance

4: Big Brother, Big Bucks, and Big Data: The Chinese Surveillance State

Yánlì / Harshness

5: 'Hard Strikes' and Moral Panics: The Craze of Anti-Crime Campaigns

Zhèngyì / Justice

6: Legal Hierarchies, Punitive Practices, and Changing Norms

7: Concluding Remarks

References
Børge Bakken is Visiting Emeritus Fellow at the Department of Anthropology, Australian National University.