This unique book explores criminalized identities and the idea of 'viscous culture' to provide new understandings of crime, punishment and justice. It shows that viscous culture encourages some of us to become outlaws, monsters or shapeshifters who challenge systems of domination and forces of control.
Crime, Prisons and Viscous Culture interweaves analyses of popular culture with extensive empirical research to explore both the glamorous and grotesque nature of crime, control and containment. Through encounters with numerous popular and mythological archetypes the book explores the boundaries of the criminological discipline. Criminology itself is presented as fragmented, distorted and fascinating, and the important transdisciplinary potential of criminology is highlighted. In doing so, this book will be of great interest to scholars of criminology, cultural studies, popular culture and sociological theory.
|Publisher:||Palgrave Macmillan UK|
|Edition description:||1st ed. 2017|
|Product dimensions:||5.83(w) x 8.27(h) x (d)|
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Table of Contents
Part I. Once Upon a Time.- Chapter 1. Introduction.- Chapter 2. Word Up! Mythology Through to Popular Culture.- Chapter 3. Introducing the Men.- Part II. Criminalized Lifestyles.- Chapter 4. Outlaws and Gangsters.- Chapter 5. Lone Ranger, Robin Hood, The Wild One and Ghetto Supastar.- Part III. Prison Experiences.- Chapter 6. Comics and the Gothic.- Chapter 7. Ghosts, Monsters and Hulk.- Part IV. Becoming a Prisoner.- Chapter 8. Shapeshifting Identities.- Chapter 9. Metamorphosis, Trickster and Werewolf.- Part 5. Conclusion.- Chapter 10. Towards a Viscous Understanding of Culture.
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“Crime, Prisons and Viscous Culture is an “unapologetically eclectic” read that, like the shapeshifting identities it explores, defies conventional categorization. In her careful examination of the points where crime meets popular culture in the narratives of convicted offenders, Finola Farrant takes us on a dazzling journey through myth, movies, fairytales and folklore. Erudite, ambitious, lively and continually thought-provoking, this is a rare academic work that grips your attention from beginning to end.” (Yvonne Jewkes, Research Professor in Criminology, University of Brighton, UK)