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Theoretical Criminology from Modernity to Post-Modernism

1st Edition

By Wayne Morrison


540 pages

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This book incorporates many of the exciting debates in the social sciences and philosophy of knowledge concerning the issues of modernity and post-modernism. It sets out a new project for criminology, a criminology of modernity, and offers a sustained critique of theorizing without a concern for social totalities.

This book is designed to place criminological theory at the cutting edge of contemporary debates. Wayne Morrison reviews the history and present state of criminology and identifies a range of social problems and large scale social processes which must be addressed if the subject is to attain intellectual commitment. This book marks a new development in criminological texts and will serve a valuable function not only for students and academics but for all those interested in the project of understanding crime in contemporary conditions.

Table of Contents

Narrating the Mood of the Times: Confusion, Self-Doubt, and Ambivalence. The Problem of Modernity. The Theorists of Modernity: An Introduction to Max Weber, Karl Marx, Emile Durkheim and Freidrich Nietzsche. The Problem of Classical Criminology: Stabalising Disorder through Law: Or How to Achieve the Rule of Law and Hide the Chaos of Early Modernity. Reading the Texts of Classical Criminology. Criminological Positivism I. Criminological Positivism II. Criminological Positivism III. Positivism and the Dream of Organised Modernity. Morality, Normalcy and Modernity. Locality and Criminology. Criminology and the Culture of Modernity. Culture and Crime in the Post-Modern Condition. Labelling Theory, and the work of David Matza. Crime and the Existentialist Dilemma. Modernity, Gender and Crime. Contemporary Social Stratification and the Development of the Underclass. Building Criminological Theory in Post-Modernism

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