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Alternative Final Projects The assignment guidelines apply to all projects. Rule of thumb: 3/5ths of the document dedicated to demonstrating your understanding of theoretical concepts...
Cultural Crim Recap... It is a theoretical framework • Critical perspective (Marx..) • Symbolic Interactionism & Structure (Mills...) Assumptions: Power is performed culturally. By moving between the level of analysis (Micro-Meso-Macro) we can access the relationship between the individual & the social (Merton)
Crime & Culture Interrogating ‘crime’ through the lens of culture • Emotion/Excitement • Heroic fantasies • Ultimate meaning • Subterranean Values • Reaction to larger cultural institutions....
Late Modernity... A way to speak about the present without defining it as pre/post modern (issue: autonomy) • Ontological Insecurity • Sensation Gatherers • Edgework • Politics of Inclusion/Exclusion • Commodification of resistance
Contemporary Consumer Culture We are caught up in a cycle of consuming identities as a response to anxieties, creating endless needs & markets. Conspicuous Consumption (Veblin) • Waste is built into capitalism • Seduction of ignorant consumption
Phenomenology of Crime…(65-70) Cultural phenomena is part of the process of collective meaning • Situational dynamics of emotion • Sites of contested performance • Cultural practice as lived • Embodied • Emotional Politics of transgression
Mardi Gras Banality of Evil (Arendt) Subterranean Values (Mardi Gras) Carnival of Crime (Presdee) Commodification of Crime Vocabularies of Motives Politics of Violence Ontological Insecurity • Hyperpluralism • Defamiliarity
Criminology of the State (p.75) The Colonization of Everyday Life Habermas Hedgemonic media Reliance on Image Image manipulation
Theoretical Response • Ahistorical approaches • Positivist Criminology (anti-humanism) • Theoretically vapid analysis Dangerous Knowleges? • Crime & trees • Youth gangs • Gun runners • Rap music...
Critiques... Romanticism “we don’t focus on crimes that disturb the comfort of the powerful” Understanding humans Without an understanding of people & culture, we will never have good policy.
Critical Research How you look at something, shapes your response to it: “Can I speak with you about youth gangs?” (p.196) Inverted Criminal Inquiry: • How is crime ‘institutional’? • Why don’t we all transgress? • Who defines ‘crime’ or ‘crime stats’? • Subcultures as innovation? Reaction? Representations?
Research & Knowledge ChicagoSchool 1920s & 30s Depression & ‘Red Scares’ ‘Book length’ sociology Ethnography *Positivistic approaches to urban life
Research & Knowledge North America late 40s & 50s Post-War Economy & American Dream Corporate Management Practices Promises of Science Survey Research
Research & Knowledge 1950s & 60s Subcultural ethnographies Unorthodox methodologies 70s & 80s ‘Neo-liberal’ shift Governmentality Promises of Objectivity Curing Nations of Crime
Irony of Ethics…. Conflicts between ethics and law: ‘law must always prevail’?
Methods of Cultural Criminology Ethnographies • Liquid (activism) • Instant (emotion) Writing from below • Appreciating the tensions : creativity & harm
Visual Criminology • Degradation Ceremonies • Spectacle of Crime • Politics of inclusion & exclusion (see index p.235) • Culture Jamming...
Civic Criminology Such criminologists need their objects of study more than the objects need them, and in the face of strong expressions of subjectivity, attributions of subjectivity from without become totally inappropriate. Ruggiero critique
Resistance.... Wobblies, Dada and Mobs... “Resistance is everywhere...” What will you resist?