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New Directions in Criminological Theory

This edited collection by Steve Hall [Teesside U.] and Simon Winlow [York U., England] brings together established global scholars and new thinkers to outline fresh concepts and theoretical perspectives for criminological research and analysis in the 21stcentury. 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. For full details, go to:

Introduction: The Need for ‘New Directions’ in Criminological Theory, Steve Hall and Simon Winlow Part 1: Epistemological and Political Reflections 1. Criminological Knowledge: Doing Critique; Doing Politics, Pat Carlen 2. Political Economy and Criminology: The Return of the Repressed, Robert Reiner 3. Critical Criminology, Critical Theory and Social Harm, Majid Yar 4. The Current Condition of Criminological Theory in North America, Walter DeKeseredy Part 2: Criminological Theory, Culture and the Subject 5. The Biological and the Social in Criminological Theory, Tim Owen 6.From Social Order to the Personal Subject: A Major Reversal, Michel Wieviorka 7. The Discourse on ‘Race’ in Criminological Theory, Colin Webster 8. Using Cultural Geography to Think Differently about Space and Crime, Keith Hayward 9.Consumer Culture and the Meaning of the Urban Riots in England, Steve Hall 10. Censure, culture and political economy: beyond the death of deviance debate, Colin Sumner Part 3: Criminological Theory and Violence 11. Psychosocial Perspectives: Men, Madness and Violence, D.W. Jones 12. All that is Sacred is Profaned: Towards a Theory of Subjective Violence, Simon Winlow 13. Late Capitalism, Vulnerable Populations and Violent Predatory Crime, David Wilson Part 4: Crime and Criminological Theory in the Global Age 14. Outline of a Criminology of Drift, Jeff Ferrell Ch. 15. It Was Never About the Money: Market Society, Organized Crime and UK Criminology,Dick Hobbs 16. After the Crisis: New Directions in Theorising Corporate and White-Collar Crime, Kate Burdis and Steve Tombs 17. Crimes against Reality: Parapolitics, Simulation, Power Crime, Eric Wilson Ch. 18. Global Terrorism, Risk and the State, Sandra Walklate and Gabe Mythen