This book offers a collection of cutting-edge essays on the relationship between crime, harm and consumer culture. Although consumer culture has been addressed across the social sciences, it has yet to be fully explored in criminology. The editors bring together an impressive list of authors with original ideas and a fresh perspective to this field. The collection first introduces the reader to three sets of ideas which will be especially useful to students and researchers piecing together theoretical frameworks for their studies. New concepts such as pseudo-pacification, the materialist libertine and the commodification of abstinence can be used as foundation stones for new explanatory criminological analyses in the 21st century. The collection then moves on to present case studies based on rigorous empirical work in the fields of consumption and debt, ‘outlaw’ gangs, illegal drug markets, gambling, the mentality that drives investment fraudsters and the relationship between social media and state surveillance. These case studies showcase the strength of the research skills and knowledge these scholars offer to the field of criminology. Written in a clear and direct style, this book will appeal to students and scholars in criminology, sociology, cultural studies, social theory and those interested in learning about the effects of consumer culture in modern society.

chapter |18 pages


BySteve Hall, Tereza Kuldova, Mark Horsley

part 1|51 pages

Historical and theoretical perspectives

chapter 1|18 pages

Consumer culture and English history’s lost object

BySteve Hall

chapter 2|15 pages

The libertine

Criminal luxury, the Sadean system, and materialist horror
ByMark Featherstone

chapter 3|16 pages

The commodification of abstinence

ByJustin Kotzé

part 2|103 pages

Contexts and case studies

chapter 4|17 pages

Mass indebtedness and the luxury of payment means

ByMark Horsley, Anthony Lloyd

chapter 5|18 pages

Luxury brands in the wrong hands

Of Harleys, harm, and sovereignty
ByTereza Kuldova

chapter 6|15 pages


The luxurious, the sublime, and the harmful
ByTammy Ayres

chapter 7|17 pages

Gambling and harm in 24/7 capitalism

Reflections from the post-disciplinary present
ByThomas Raymen, Oliver Smith

chapter 8|16 pages

Toxic sovereignty

Understanding fraud as the expression of special liberty within late capitalism
ByKate Tudor

chapter 9|18 pages

Spy vs Spy

The surveillance state of social media
ByLeanne McRae