Criminology is at a crossroads. In the last two decades it has largely failed to produce the kind of new intellectual frameworks and empirical data that might help us to explain the high levels of crime and interpersonal violence that beset inner city areas and corrode community life. Similarly, it has failed to adequately explain forms of antisocial behaviour that are just as much a part of life in corporate boardrooms as they are in the ghettos of north America and the sink estates of Britain. Criminology needs to rethink the problem of crime and re-engage its audience with strident theoretical analysis and powerful empirical data.

In New Directions in Crime and Deviancy some of the world’s most talented and polemical critical criminologists come together to offer new ideas and new avenues for analysis. The book contains chapters that address a broad range of issues central to 21st century critical criminology: ecological issues and the new green criminology; the broad impact of neoliberalism upon our cultural and economic life; recent signs of political resistance and opposition; systemic and interpersonal forms of violence; growing fear and enmity in cities; the backlash against the women’s movement; the subjective pathology of the serial killer; computer hacking and so on.

Based on key papers presented at the historic York Deviancy Conferences, this cutting-edge volume also contains important critical essays that address criminological research methods and the production of criminological knowledge. It is key reading material for those with an academic interest in critical, cultural and theoretical criminology, and crime and deviance more generally.

chapter |18 pages


BySimon Winlow, Rowland Atkinson

part |66 pages

Theorising postmodern capital

chapter |19 pages

Is it OK to talk about capitalism again?

Or, why criminology must take a leap of faith
BySimon Winlow

chapter |15 pages

Living it down in Havana

Organized crime and the pseudo-pacification process
BySteve Hall

chapter |16 pages

The neoliberal harvest

The proliferation and normalisation of economic fraud in a market society
ByJörg Wiegratz

chapter |14 pages

Theorising the prison–industrial complex

ByIoannis Papageorgiou, Georgios Papanicolaou

part |26 pages

Issues in environmental criminology

chapter |12 pages

But is it criminology?

ByRob White

part |77 pages

Researching crime and deviance

chapter |14 pages

Stalking the margins of legality

Ethnography, participant observation and the post-modern ‘underworld'
ByCraig Ancrum

chapter |18 pages

A phenomenological account of deviance and risk on holiday

British youth and the consumer experience in Ibiza
ByDaniel Briggs

chapter |14 pages

Easy money

Cultural narcissism and the criminogenic markets of the night-time leisure economy
ByOliver Smith

chapter |14 pages

Atrocity exhibitions

Experiencing violence as student training
ByAudra Mitchell

chapter |15 pages

‘You only get what you fight for'

Understanding the backlash against the US battered women's movement
ByMolly Dragiewicz

part |17 pages

Issues in contemporary crime and deviance

chapter |15 pages

Drifting on and off-line

Humanising the cyber criminal
ByCraig Webber, Michael Yip

chapter |17 pages

Thinking critically about rural crime

Toward the development of a new left realist perspective
ByWalter S. DeKeseredy, Joseph F. Donnermeyer

chapter |16 pages

Return of the repressed?

A retrospective on policing and disorder in England, 1981 to 2011
ByColin Webster

chapter |13 pages

Accommodating harm

The domestic home in criminology
ByRowland Atkinson

chapter |22 pages

Evil and the common life

Towards a wider perspective on serial killing and atrocities
ByRobert Shanafelt, Nathan W. Pino