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Cultural Criminology

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

Very interesting book that I recommended to students. Well written, it is a great source on cultural criminology for any student.

CRIMINOLOGY, London South Bank University
September 27, 2011

This is a excellent introduction to cultural criminology which combines theory with practice.

Mrs Anne-Lie Steen
Department of Sociology, Goteborg University
September 27, 2010

A very good text which covers an important section of the course, but not suitable as a general text which covers all material. This should not detract from the value of the book which I would highly recommend to level 2/3 undergrads and postgrad students.

Dr Daniel McCarthy
Social Science, Kingston University
May 4, 2010

Sample Materials & Chapters

Chapter One PDF

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