Hypercrime: The New Geometry of Harm [NOOK Book]


Hypercrime develops a new theoretical approach toward current reformulations in criminal behaviours, in particular the phenomenon of cybercrime. Emphasizing a spatialized conception of deviance, one that clarifies the continuities between crime in the traditional, physical context and developing spaces of interaction such as a 'cyberspace', this book analyzes criminal behaviours in terms of the destructions, degradations or incursions to a ...

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Hypercrime develops a new theoretical approach toward current reformulations in criminal behaviours, in particular the phenomenon of cybercrime. Emphasizing a spatialized conception of deviance, one that clarifies the continuities between crime in the traditional, physical context and developing spaces of interaction such as a 'cyberspace', this book analyzes criminal behaviours in terms of the destructions, degradations or incursions to a hierarchy of regions that define our social world.

Each chapter outlines violations to the boundaries of each of these spaces - from those defined by our bodies or our property, to the more subtle borders of the local and global spaces we inhabit. By treating cybercrime as but one instance of various possible criminal virtualities, the book develops a general theoretical framework, as equally applicable to the, as yet unrealized, technologies of criminal behaviour of the next century, as it is to those which relate to contemporary computer networks. Cybercrime is thereby conceptualized as one of a variety of geometries of harm, merely the latest of many that have extended opportunities for illicit gain in the physical world.

Hypercrime offers a radical critique of the narrow conceptions of cybercrime offered by current justice systems and challenges the governing presumptions about the nature of the threat posed by it.

Runner-up for the British Society of Criminology Book Prize (2008).

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'This is an excellent book… written in a very lively and engaging manner that immediately grabs the reader’s attention from the outset. …[Hypercrime] provides a rich addition to the social control literature that will shape the contours of our understanding of control for decades to come.' - Dr Laura Piacentini, University of Strathclyde, UK

'...McGuire’s book is an excellently written excursion into a much discussed topic but from an innovative perspective. It is both original and scholarly and makes a very important contribution to debates on cybercrime, and to the emerging field of social harm. The book’s focus on harm raises fundamental questions about understandings of crime and the effectiveness of crime control in contemporary society.' - Christina Pantazis, British Journal of Criminology, vol. 48 no. 6 (November 2008)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781135330972
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 12/6/2007
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 400
  • File size: 775 KB

Meet the Author

Dr Michael McGuire teaches in the Department of Applied Social Studies at London Metropolitan University.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements     x
Introduction     1
Crime, 'cybercrime' and hypercrime     1
Harm in hyperspace     8
Methods and approaches     9
Outline     12
Crime and space     14
Space, time and crime     15
The consensual hallucinations of a 'cyberspace'     21
Conceptions of space     23
From space to hyperspace     24
Three outcomes     28
Psychologies of hyperspatialisation: exhilaration, paranoia and schizophrenia     31
Crime and space     34
Crime and harm     35
Distance, incursion and harm     38
Spatial orderings of harm     39
Qualifications     41
The making of hypercrime     44
The origins of the hyperspatial     45
Language and the hypercriminal - deception and rumour     47
Extending the compressive power of language     49
Writing and crime     49
The representation of value: spatial complexification and monetary systems     53
Transport networks and speed     55
Communication technology and hyperspatialisation - post and telegraphy     57
Earlytelecommunication systems and crime     59
The Victorian internet     60
Deviance and control on the Victorian internet     61
Representation, code and control in telegraphy     63
Connecting space further - the telephone     66
Early telephone crime     67
Telephone crime: two issues of control     69
The advent of computing     73
Hyperlinks, hypertext and the populating of hyperspace     74
Making hyperspace invisible     76
Hypercrime and computers     77
Proximity 0: Body space     79
The hyperspatialisation of bodily harm: bodies and distributed bodies     80
The hyperspatialisation of bodily destruction - some trends and examples     85
Killing me softly     88
Killing symbioses     91
Collective killing in hyperspace     94
The deadly power of representation     95
Voluntary death     97
Hyperspatialisation and its accidents: indirect killing effects     100
Hyperspatial death - folk devils and guilty parties     103
Damaging incursion - violence towards the body     103
Sexual abuse in hyperspace     103
'Happy slapping'      108
Psychological violence in hyperspace     109
Harassment, stalking and bullying     109
Hate crime     112
Voyeurism: indirect experiences of killing and violence     114
Legitimate and illegitimate voyeurisms     117
Violence as leisure in hyperspace     120
Beyond psychological harm: capacity reduction and the distributed body     122
Harming the cyborg's body     124
Proximity 1: Property space     127
Hyperspace and illicit acquisition     128
Value and the market     129
Hyperspatialised economies and globalisation     132
Hyperspatialised money and liquid targets     133
Further targets - services and social values     135
Information as a target for theft     137
Hyperspatialised theft - how to access a property space     139
Open doors in hyperspace     142
Force as a strategy for hyperspatialised theft     142
Extortion: extensions to force     143
Blackmail and threats     144
Deception as a strategy for theft in hyperspace     144
Online fraud     146
Key duplication     147
Identification as a key     148
Identification and identity     149
Methods of identification fraud     150
Creating and altering identification     150
Stealing identification keys (I) - scavenging     152
Stealing identification keys (II) - manipulating guardians     152
Stealing identification keys (III) - utilising technology     153
The 'theft' of identity: critical reflections (I) - problems with data     155
The 'theft' of identity: critical reflections (II) - the identity economy     157
The identity economy: who guards the guardians?     159
Identity theft - the making of a modern mythology     161
Intellectual property: target and access     163
File wars     164
The aftermath: darknets and the new digital underground?     165
Proximity 2: Local space     167
Local environments     168
Local spaces: their features and their value     171
The hyperspatialisation of locality     174
Local and glocal     179
Violating local spaces     180
Harms to our homes - technology and family life     182
Harms to our homes - the invasion of domestic space     185
Sustenance gathering harms - work and shopping     187
Destructions and degradations of work     189
The hyperspatialisation of workplace control     191
Abuse by staff     193
Shopping and harms     194
Degradations to local trading relations     195
Incursive harms in trading - loyalty and respect     196
Consumption and environmental harms     201
Information pollution: vandalism and littering     202
The commodification of community     203
Proximity 3: Global space     205
Global spaces - some conceptions     206
Traditional global actors: harm and culpability     209
Hyperspatialising global spaces and their actors     212
Anarchy in IT: hacking, identity groups and the web     216
Arming for struggle in hyperspace (I): communicative power     217
Arming for struggle in hyperspace (II): representational power     221
The hyperspatialisation of global harms     222
Spatial control: war and cyberterror - destructive incursion at the global level     224
War (II): destructive incursion by network - 'cyberwar'?     226
Netwar and protest     228
Wars between identities     230
Business and governance - old symbiosis or new spatial tensions?     231
Public v private hyperspaces     234
Hyperspace and the representation of presence: visibility and invisibility     236
The transformation of global harm     239
Shaping space: The regulatory ecologies of hyperspace     241
Codes, rules and representations     243
Regulatory geometries and rule-based ecologies     245
Regulation in space and hyperspace: computers and exceptionlessness rules     249
Regulatory ecology and rule diagrammatics     251
Borders, psychological boundaries and nomadic space     254
Transjurisdictionality and borders in agency     256
Temporal boundaries and jurisdiction     258
Formal and visible (I): regulation of movement and the legislative landscape     260
Formal and visible (II): networked policing, uberpresent security     265
Formal invisible control (I): filtration     271
Formal invisible control (II): footprints, hunting and traces     274
Invisible informal - regulation by format     276
Visible/invisible informal shaping - statutory control and self-regulation     278
Limited self-regulation     278
Purity police - the IWF and unaccountable regulatory practice     281
Online community regulation - public executions and wizard dictators      284
End space: Afterword     289
Allatonceness - living in the hyperspatial     291
Boundaries: crime and hypercrime, control and hypercontrol     292
Whither cybercrime? Wherefore hypercrime?     294
Notes     299
Bibliography     301
Index     367
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