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

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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 (
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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


Critical Criminology at the Edge: Emerging Perspectives in Critical Analyses in Law, Criminology, and Social Justice

Discourse Analysis: Lacan and Psychoanalytic Semiotics

Chaos Theory: Dynamic Systems Theory

Catastrophe Theory: Folds, Cusps, Jumps, and Singularities

Edgework: Boundaries, Edges, Excitement, and Visceral Experiences

Integrations, Syntheses, and Applications in Critical Criminology, Law, and Metonymy in Criminology

The Literal, Cinematic, and Trail Court Text: "Reality" TV Policing, Detective Fiction, Trials, and the Spoken Subject

Psychoanalytic Semiotics, Chaos, and Rebellious Lawyering

Catastrophe Theory in Criminology and Social Justice: Peacemaking Criminology

Edgework, Monism, and Constitutive Criminology: Toward an Integrated Topography



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