‘An original and important contribution to comparative criminology, international studies, and crime and justice research in China, this book highlights the ironies present in the American Dream that exist in the Chinese Dream as well. It contains diverse research topics that separate ideology from reality, and Bakken’s excellent introduction frames them in the literatures on social problems and social inequality.’ —Henry N. Pontell, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, City University of New York
‘This is an outstanding collection of essays which importantly enlarges the terms of debate on crime in China. It reveals how China is complex, not only because of its internal social and economic diversity, but also because of integration into global capitalism, with all its inherent inequalities and commodification.’ —Bill Hebenton, Centre for Criminology and Criminal Justice, University of Manchester
Børge Bakken has served as director of the social science programme in criminology at the University of Hong Kong, and is currently affiliated with the Australian National University. He has written and edited many books and articles on social problems, crime, policing, punishment, and culture in China.