Crimes, Laws and Communities

By John McMullan, David C. Perrier, Stephen Smith and Peter D. Swan  

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In this book, McMullan and his colleagues have provided much needed information and analysis on “unconventional” crimes by researching fire for profit, illegal fishing and business crime in Atlantic Canada. The three essays fill an information gap left by scant media reports, conflicting government statistics and, in the case of crimes of capital, wilfully concealed information.

  • Crime & Law
  • ISBN: 9781895686791
  • January 1997
  • 104 Pages
  • $21.00
  • For sale worldwide

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  • John McMullan

    Saint Mary’s University

    John L. McMullan is Professor of Sociology and Criminology and a former Department Chairperson and Criminology Graduate Studies Coordinator at Saint Mary’s University. Professor McMullan has held previous positions at the University of British Columbia and at Vanier College. He is the author of seven books, five government reports and over fifty academic articles on business crime, historical criminology, criminal organization, criminological theory, law enforcement, social regulation, media, crime and justice, and gambling and social policy. Dr. McMullan is a multiple research award holder and he has served on many university, academic, professional, and government commissions, councils and boards. He is a Commissioner of the Law Reform Commission of Nova Scotia. Professor McMullan has held visiting positions at Cambridge University and The London School of Economics and Political Science in the United Kingdom and at Simon Fraser University and Concordia University in Canada. At present Dr. McMullan is researching the role of public inquiries and corporate disasters and the socio-legal context of new forms of permitted gambling. He just completed a book on the Westray mine disaster entitled News, Truth and Crime: The Westray Disaster and its aftermath, (2005). His most recent research project is on Commercial Advertising, Social Regulation and Adolescent Gambling.

  • David C. Perrier

    Saint Mary’s University

    David C. Perriers current research and teaching interests include: Criminology, the Canadian Criminal Justice System, the HIstorical and Professional Development of Policing, Police Accountability, the Recruitment, Selection and Hiring Practices of Canadian Law Enforcement Agencies, Regulatory Enforcement in the Fishing Industry and Gambling and its Social Impacts. His collaborative research on law enforcement and illegality in the Atlantic Canada fisheries industry and on law enforcement and Gambling with Dr. John McMullan remains a focus of his research. In addition, he is involved in the development and delivery of courses in Criminology for the Halifax Regional Police Recruit Training Program. The sixth edition of his legal text entitled From Crime to Punishment: An Introduction to the Criminal Law System was published in 2007.

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