Cultural criminology has now emerged as a distinct theoretical perspective, and as a notable intellectual alternative to certain aspects of contemporary criminology. Cultural criminology attempts to theorize the interplay of cultural processes, media practices, and crime; the emotional and embodied dimensions of crime and victimization; the particular characteristics of crime within late modern/late capitalist culture; and the role of criminology itself in constructing the reality of crime. In this sense cultural criminology not only offers innovative theoretical models for making sense of crime, criminality, and crime control, but presents as well a critical theory of criminology as a field of study. This collection is designed to highlight each of these dimensions of cultural criminology - its theoretical foundations, its current theoretical trajectories, and its broader theoretical critiques-by presenting the best of cultural criminological work from the United States, Europe, Australia, and elsewhere.
Contents: Introduction; Part I Theoretical Foundations: Juvenile delinquency and subterranean values, David Matza and Gresham M. Sykes; Moral entrepreneurs, Howard S. Becker; Deviance and moral panics, Stan Cohen; Subcultures, cultures and class, John Clarke, Stuart Hall, Tony Jefferson and Brian Roberts; Introduction, Jack Katz. Part II Models of Inquiry and Critique: Cultural criminology, Jeff Ferrell; Merton with energy, Katz with structure: the sociology of vindictiveness and the criminology of transgression, Jock Young; Boredom, crime and criminology, Jeff Ferrell; Reversing the ethnographic gaze: experiments in cultural criminology, Stephanie Kane. Part III Crime, Media, and the Image: Media, representation, and meaning: inside the hall of mirrors, Jeff Ferrell, Keith Hayward and Jock Young; The scene of the crime: is there such a thing as 'just looking'?, Alison Young; Mapping discursive closings in the war on drugs, Michelle Brown. Part IV Theorizing Crime and the City: Fortress Los Angeles: the militarization of urban space, Mike Davis; Remapping the city: public identity, cultural space, and social justice, Jeff Ferrell; Crime vs. cool space: breaking down broken windows, Gregory Snyder. Part V Emotion, Edgework, and the Body: Edgework: a social psychoanalysis of voluntary risk taking, Stephen Lyng; From carnival to the carnival of crime, Mike Presdee; 'The body does not lie': identity, risk and trust in technoculture, Katja Franko Aas. Part VI Markets, Consumption, and Crime: Crime, consumer culture, and the urban experience, Keith Hayward; Squaring the one percent: biker style and the selling of cultural resistance, Stephen Lyng and Mitchell L. Bracey Jr; The 'chav' phenomenon: consumption, media and the construction of a new underclass, Keith Hayward and Majid Yar; Cultural criminology and primitive accumulation, versus Jeff Ferrell: For a ruthless cultural criticism of everything existing, Steve Hall and Simon Winlow; Name index.