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Critical Criminology (Routledge Revivals)

1st Edition

Edited by Ian Taylor, Paul Walton, Jock Young


286 pages

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First published in 1975, this collection of essays expands upon the themes and ideas developed in the editors’ previous work, the visionary and groundbreaking text: The New Criminology.

Directed at orthodox criminology, this is a partisan work written by a group of criminologists committed to a social transformation: a transformation to a society that does not criminalize deviance. Included are American contributions, particularly from the School of Criminology at Berkeley, represented by Hermann and Julia Schwendinger and Tony Platt, together with essays by Richard Quinney and William Chambliss. From Britain, Geoff Pearson considers deviancy theory as ‘misfit sociology’ and Paul Hirst attacks deviancy theory from an Althusserian Marxist position. The editors contribute a detailed introductory essay extending the position developed in The New Criminology, and two other pieces which attempt to continue the task of translating criminology from its traditional correctionalist stance to a commitment to socialist diversity and a crime-free set of social arrangements.

Table of Contents

1. Critical Criminology in Britain: Review and Prospects Ian Taylor, Paul Walton and Jock Young 2. Working-Class Criminology Jock Young 3. Prospects for a Radical Criminology in the USA Tony Platt 4. Defenders of Order or Guardians of Human Rights? Hermann and Julia Schwendinger 5. Misfit Sociology and the Politics of Socialization Geoff Pearson 6. The Political Economy of Crime: A Comparative Study of Nigeria and the USA William J. Chambliss 7. Crime Control in Capitalist Society: A Critical Philosophy of Legal Order Richard Quinney 8. Marx and Engels on Law, Crime and Morality Paul Q. Hirst 9. Radical Deviancy Theory and Marxism: A Reply to Paul Q. Hirst’s ‘Marx and Engels on Law, Crime and Morality’ Ian Taylor and Paul Walton 10. Radical Deviancy Theory and Marxism: A Reply to Taylor and Walton Paul Q. Hirst

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Criminology
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General