Emotions and Crime
Towards a Criminology of Emotions
In spite of the fact that crime is an emotive topic, the question of emotion has been largely overlooked in criminological research, which has tended instead to examine criminal conduct in terms of structural background variables or rational decision-making. Building on research into emotions within sociology, this book seeks to show how criminologists can in fact take emotions seriously and why criminology needs to begin considering emotions as a central element of its theoretical, conceptual and methodological apparatus. Thematically organised and presenting both empirical and theoretical studies, Emotions and Crime pays attention to the different emotional dimensions of crime, victimhood, the criminal justice system, the practice of criminological research and the discipline of criminology. Bringing together the work of an international team of authors and discussing research into violence, punishment, gender, imprisonment and mass atrocity, this volume shows how crime and emotions are inextricably connected, and illustrates both the hidden and pervasive role of emotions in criminological work.
Table of Contents
Introduction: Crime and Emotions, Emotions and Crime Part 1: Crime and Emotions 1. Male Violence Against Women in Intimate Relationships: The Contribution of Stress and Male Peer Support 2. The Role of Emotions for Female Co-Offenders 3. American Self-Radicalising Terrorists and Conversions to Radical Action: Emotional Factors and the Allure of ‘Jihadi Cool/Chic’ 4. ‘Violence is Difficult, Not Easy’: The Emotion Dynamics of Mass Atrocities Part 2: Punishment and Emotions 5. ‘45 Colour Photographs’: Images, Emotions and the Victim of Domestic Violence 6. Punitiveness and the Emotions of Punishment: Between Solidarity and Hostility 7. Capital Punishment and the Emotional Public Sphere in Mid-20th Century Britain Part 3: Doing Criminology as Emotion Work 8. Prison Life as ‘Emotion Culture’: Reflections on Some of the Emotional Challenges of Conducting Prison Ethnography 9. Witnessing, Responsibility and Spectatorship in the Aftermath of Violence: Reflections from Srebrenica 10. Death Justice: Navigating Contested Death in the Digital Age 11. ‘Feeling Criminology’: Learning from Emotions in Criminological Research Postscript: Concluding Thoughts: Some Lessons from Being ‘Liminal’
Michael Hviid Jacobsen is Professor of Sociology at Aalborg University, Denmark. He is the editor of The Poetics of Crime, Postmortal Society, and Emotions, Everyday Life and Sociology and co-editor of The Sociology of Zygmunt Bauman, Encountering the Everyday, The Transformation of Modernity, Utopia: Social Theory and the Future, Liquid Criminology, and Imaginative Methodologies: The Poetic Imagination in the Social Sciences.
Sandra Walklate is Eleanor Rathbone Chair of Sociology at the University of Liverpool, UK and Conjoint Chair of Criminology at Monash University, Australia. She is the co-author of Victims: Trauma, Testimony, Justice and The Contradictions of Terrorism, and the co-editor of Liquid Criminology: Doing Imaginative Criminological Research.