Critical Criminology at the Edge: Postmodern Perspectives, Integration, and Applications

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Overview

This study introduces key emerging perspectives in postmodern analysis and discusses how they might be integrated, synthesized, and applied in criminology, law, and social justice. Milovanovic first familiarizes readers with discourse analysis (Lacanian), chaos theory, catastrophe theory, and edgework theory. Next, he covers various practical applications through literature and film, in client-lawyer practices, etc. These new critical perspectives will be invaluable tools for scholars in law, criminology, criminal justice, sociology, and law enforcement.

These theories shed light on how nonmaterially motivated forms of crime, those that provide adrenalin rushes or excitement, can be understood. They help to explain the development of sudden forms of violence, such as criminal acts by disgruntled workers, as well as how mediation practices can curtail such escalating violence. Milovanovic also demonstrates how constitutive theorizing can serve as an umbrella integrative theory, which provides sufficient space for various syntheses. A case-in-point is how edgework theory (adrenalin rush, excitement, visceral experiences) can be understood in criminology and in the establishment of social justice.

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Milovanovic (criminal justice, Northeastern Illinois U.) explores the emergence of several innovative approaches to scholarly research in criminology, law, and social justice, focusing particularly on discourse analysis (psychoanalysis semiotics), chaos theory, catastrophic theory, and edge-work. He predicts that constitutive criminology will soon be seen as one holistic approach in doing critical analysis that can readily incorporate aspects of these four perspectives. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Meet the Author

DRAGAN MILOVANOVIC is Professor of Criminal Justice at Northeastern Illinois University. He is the editor of the International Journal for the Semiotics of Law.

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Table of Contents

1 Introduction 1
Pt. I Emerging Perspectives in Critical Analyses in Law, Criminology, and Social Justice 23
2 Discourse Analysis: Lacan and Psychoanalytic Semiotics 25
3 Chaos Theory: Dynamic System Theory 55
4 Catastrophe Theory: Folds, Cusps, Jumps, and Singularities 85
5 Edgework: Boundaries, Edges, Excitement, and Visceral Experiences 115
Pt. II Integrations, Syntheses, and Applications in Critical Criminology, Law, and Social Justice 133
6 Psychoanalytic Semiotics and Its Applications: Freud, Lacan, Metaphor, and Metonymy in Criminology 135
7 The Literal, Cinematic, and Trial Court Text: "Reality" TV Policing, Detective Fiction, Trials, and the Spoken Subject 157
8 Psychoanalytic Semiotics, Chaos, and Rebellious Lawyering 179
9 Catastrophe Theory in Criminology and Social Justice: Peacemaking Criminology 205
10 Edgework, Monism, and Constitutive Criminology: Toward an Integrated Topography 231
11 Conclusion 267
References 271
Index 285
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