ABSTRACT

This edited collection brings together established global scholars and new thinkers to outline fresh concepts and theoretical perspectives for criminological research and analysis in the 21st century. Criminologists from the UK, USA, Canada and Australia evaluate the current condition of criminological theory and present students and researchers with new and revised ideas from the realms of politics, culture and subjectivity to unpack crime and violence in the precarious age of global neoliberalism.

These ideas range from the micro-realm of the ‘personality disorder’ to the macro-realm of global ‘power-crime’. Rejecting or modifying the orthodox notion that crime and harm are largely the products of criminalisation and control systems, these scholars bring causes and conditions back into play in an eclectic yet thematic way that should inspire students and researchers to once again investigate the reasons why some individuals and groups elect to harm others rather than seek sociability. This collection will inspire new criminologists to both look outside their discipline for new ideas to import, and to create new ideas within their discipline to reinvigorate it and further strengthen its ability to explain the crimes and harms that we see around us today.

This book will be of particular interest to academics and both undergraduate and postgraduate students in the field of criminology, especially to those looking for theoretical concepts and frameworks for dissertations, theses and research reports.

chapter |14 pages

Introduction: the need for new directions in criminological theory

BySTEVE HALL, SIMON WINLOW

part |2 pages

PART I Epistemological and political refl ections

chapter 1|13 pages

Criminological knowledge: doing critique; doing politics

ByPAT CARLEN

chapter 2|22 pages

Political economy and criminology: the return of the repressed

ByROBERT REINER

chapter 3|14 pages

Critical criminology, critical theory and social harm

ByMAJID YAR

chapter 4|15 pages

The current condition of criminological theory in North America

ByWALTER S. DEKESEREDY

part |2 pages

PART II Criminological theory, culture and the subject

chapter 5|15 pages

The biological and the social in criminological theory

ByTIM OWEN

chapter 6|8 pages

From social order to the personal subject: a major reversal

ByMICHEL WIEVIORKA

chapter 7|17 pages

The discourse on ‘race’ in criminological theory

ByCOLIN WEBSTER

chapter 8|22 pages

Using cultural geography to think differently about space and crime

ByKEITH J. HAYWARD

chapter 9|20 pages

Consumer culture and the meaning of the urban riots in England

BySTEVE HALL

part |2 pages

PART III Criminological theory and violence

chapter 11|16 pages

Psychosocial perspectives: men, madness and violence

ByDAVID W. JONES

part |2 pages

PART IV Crime and criminological theory in the global age

chapter 14|16 pages

Outline of a criminology of drift

ByJEFF FERRELL

chapter 16|16 pages

After the crisis: new directions in theorising corporate and white-collar crime

ByKATE BURDIS, STEVE TOMBS

chapter 17|25 pages

Crimes against reality: parapolitics, simulation, power crime

ByERIC WILSON

chapter 18|16 pages

Global terrorism, risk and the state

ByGABE MYTHEN, SANDRA WALKLATE