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This book offers the first in-depth investigation into the relationship between today's criminal identities and consumer culture. Using unique data taken from criminals locked in areas of permanent recession, the book aims to uncover feelings and attitudes towards a variety of criminal activities, investigating the incorporation of hearts and minds into consumer culture's surrogate social world and highlighting the relationship between the lived identities of active criminals and the socio-economic climate of instability and anxiety that permeates post-industrial Britain.
This book will be of interest to undergraduates, postgraduates, researchers and lecturers in all fields within the social sciences, but especially criminology, sociology, social policy, politics and anthropology.
Preface Acknowledgements 1. Introduction: The return to motivation 2. Life on the precipice: economic change and acute marginalisation 3. Consumption and identification: some insights into desires and motivations 4. Criminal biographies: two case studies 5. Consumerism and the counterculture 6. Critical reflections on the intellectual roots on port-war criminological theory 7. Myths of exclusion and resistance: a critique of some current thinking on crime and culture 8. Consumerism, narcissism and the reorientation of the Western super-ego 9. Conclusion: consumerism, crime and pseudo-pacification process, Glossary of terms