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Cultural Criminology
An Invitation

  • Jeff Ferrell - Texas Christian University, USA and University of Kent, UK
  • Keith Hayward - University of Kent, UK
  • Jock Young - John Jay College of Criminal Justice, City University of New York and University of Kent


248 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
"Beautifully written and superbly conceived, with illustrations and examples that combine theory and practice across a range of disciplines, Cultural Criminology should be read by anyone – academics and smart readers alike – interested in crime, media, culture and social theory. Bravo to Ferrell, Hayward and Young on a tour de force that is at once cool and classic! Cultural Criminology will influence the field for a very long time to come."
Professor Lynn Chancer, City University of New York

"Cultural Criminology offers a fresh new perspective on both criminality and criminal justice. It outlines the cultural hegemony of the powerful while also documenting the growing resistance to mindless criminalization and mass incarceration. Artfully written, the authors also document the work of those consciously creating a new political space to challenge the increasingly global, security society that seems inextricably tied up with late capitalism."

—Meda Chesney-Lind, University of Hawaii at Manoa

"Creative, challenging and controversial: a manifesto for mean times."

—Tony Jefferson, Visiting Presidential Scholar, 
John Jay College of Criminal Justice, City University of New York

Here is the definitive book on cultural criminology.

Lively, innovative, engaging, and accessible, Cultural Criminology draws together the work of three of the leading international figures in the field today. The book traces the history, current configuration, methodological innovations, and future trajectories of cultural criminology, mapping its terrain for students and academics interested in this exciting field. The book highlights and analyzes issues of representation, meaning, and politics in relation to crime and criminal justice, covering areas such as:
  • Crime and the media
  • Everyday life and everyday transgression
  • Popular culture
  • Consumerism
  • Globalization
  • Social control
The use of vignettes, case studies, and visual material throughout the text brings the subject to life.

Cultural Criminology is indispensable to students, lecturers, and researchers in criminology, sociology, cultural studies, and media studies.
 
Cultural Criminology: An Invitation
 
The Gathering Storm
 
The Storms Breaks: Cultural Criminology Now
 
Towards a Cultural Criminology of the Everyday
 
Media, Representation and Meaning: Inside the Hall of Mirrors
 
Dangerous Knowledge
 
Cultural Criminology: An Innovation

This is not just a book on the present state and possible prospects of our understanding of crime, criminals and our responses to both. However greatly the professional criminologists might benefit from the authors' illuminating insights and the new cognitive vistas their investigations have opened, the impact of this book may well stretch far beyond the realm of criminology proper and mark a watershed in the progress of social study as such. This book, after all, brings into the open the irremediable unclarity, endemic contentiousness and the resulting frailty of the line dividing deviance from the norm of social life - that line being simultaneously a weapon and the prime stake in the construction and servicing of social order.

Professor Zygmaut Bauman


Cultural criminology has been written about and discussed at length in criminology circles over the last five years -- including by the well-known trio of Ferrell, Hayward and Young -- but this is their best work to date on this fascinating approach and its significance. Beautifully written and superbly conceived, with illustrations and examples that combine theory and practice across a range of disciplines, Cultural Criminology should be read by anyone - academics and smart readers alike - interested in crime, media, culture and social theory. Bravo to Ferrell, Hayward and Young on a tour de force that is at once cool and classic! Cultural Criminology will influence the field for a very long time to come.

Professor Lynn Chancer,
Hunter College and the Graduate Centre


An invitation indeed. The cultural criminology project described by Jeff Ferrell, Keith Hayward and Jock Young in this remarkable book will surely inspire many students of crime and crime control to accept their invitation and join the movement. The book comes at precisely the right time, as a powerful synthesis of a set of ideas, research practices, and political sentiments that have energized an expanding network of criminological researchers during the last two decades...no one can fail to be impressed by the skill and energy they have brought to this effort. With their remarkable grasp of the intricate details of contemporary cultural life and a narrative style that expresses the distinctive energy and flow of the late modern era, the book’s authors demonstrate cultural criminology’s purchase on the world of crime and transgression in the 21st century...

this book represents by far the most comprehensive examination of this emerging criminological perspective...a key text in the development of cultural criminology.

Stephen Lyng
Carthage College, USA


Cultural criminology is still developing and this book, and the work that has developed in the cultural criminology tradition, has reenergised criminology and brought the offender back into the picture. This picture is vivid, energetic and passionate.

Craig Webber
University of Southampton, UK


This resource provides an excellent textbook for those teaching cultural criminology as a module. Its use of vignettes, photographs and the novel way of highlighting films of interest at the end of each chapter provide a resource useful for teachers and students alike. One is left with a sense of optimism and an enthusiastic taste in the mouth. This book is a pleasure to read in no small way due to the humour of Ferrell, Hayward and Young in (a) pointing out the absurdities of the discipline and (b) suggesting a refreshing alternative. Highly recommended reading.
Dr. Matt Long
Nottingham Trent University


Some of my students struggled to get their heads around this particular perspective but this outlines the theory really well and is a contemporary piece of literature I have advised students to use.

Miss Amber Maloney
public services, Sheffield College
June 18, 2014

This well written book provides students with many of the tensions around current criminological thinking.

Mr Ashley Tiffen
Institute of Policing and Criminal Justice Studies, University of Cumbria
April 8, 2014

A well written text with illustrations and examples that combine theory and practice across a range of disciplines. Very useful for students and indeed teachers interested in crime, media, culture and social theory.

Mr Mark Flippance
Department of Health & Social Studies, Grimsby Institute of Further and Higher Education
January 2, 2014

One of the best texts on the subject.

Ms Helen Arnold
Social Science , University Campus Suffolk
December 4, 2013

A praiseworthy attempt to understand and develop an overview of complex societies in which social and cultural realities are endlessly interwoven.

Mr Andrew Wilson
Education, Derby University
September 24, 2013

Good book that fits our course (Cultural Criminology) very well.

Mr Timo Peeters
Criminology, Utrecht University
December 14, 2012

This is a good book that discusses the links between cultural studies and criminology and, more interestingly, explains the difference between the study of media as a product for understanding deviance, and the study of media and the audience as producer(s) of culture. In parts, its a bit dense for first year undergraduates, but its nevertheless an important addition as it theoretically contextualises the role of media in criminology.

Miss Vickie Cooper
Criminology, Liverpool John Moores University
October 9, 2012

Easy to digest, good analysis of a range of issues discussed within Criminology.

Miss Rebecca Russell
Criminology, University Centre at Blackburn College
December 14, 2011

Cultural Criminology should be read by academics and students with an interest in crime, media, culture and social theory.

Miss Frances Jackson
Public Services, Peterborough Regional College
October 25, 2011

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Jeff Ferrell

Jeff Ferrell is Visiting Professor of Criminology at the University of Kent, UK, and Professor of Sociology at Texas Christian University, USA. He is author of the books Crimes of Style, Tearing Down the Streets, and Empire of Scrounge. He is co-editor of the books Cultural Criminology, Ethnography at the Edge, Making Trouble, Cultural Criminology Unleashed, and Cultural Criminology: Theories of Crime. Jeff Ferrell is founding and current editor of the New York University Press book series Alternative Criminology, and one of the founding editors of the journal Crime, Media, Culture: An International Journal (winner of the Association of... More About Author

Keith J. Hayward

Keith J. Hayward is Professor of Criminology at the University of Kent, UK and holds visiting positions at universities in Australia, Brazil, and the United States. He has published widely in the areas of criminological theory, spatial and social theory, visual and popular culture, and terrorism and fanaticism. As one of the leading figures in the field of cultural criminology, Dr Hayward is particularly interested in the various ways in which cultural dynamics intertwine with the practices of crime and crime control within contemporary society; as a consequence, he has written on everything from the role of documentary filmmaking in... More About Author

Jock Young

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