Becoming Criminal: The Socio-Cultural Origins of Law, Transgression, and Deviance

Hardcover | May 14, 2013

byDon Crewe

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Crime is perceived as a perennial problem in society. However, in the one hundred and fifty years or so of criminological study, we have, arguably, learned very little about questions of criminality. The reason for this is that criminology remains largely a modernist empirical discipline with attendant modernist assumptions. Primary among these is the assumption that criminals are pathological in their responses to the world around them. This book demonstrates that this is not the case. In order to do this it deconstructs conventional modernist criminological conceptualizations of the role of individuals in the construction of the world of which they are a part and provides a radically new model of the relationship between humans' way of being in the world and the capacities of society to constrain them.

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Crime is perceived as a perennial problem in society. However, in the one hundred and fifty years or so of criminological study, we have, arguably, learned very little about questions of criminality. The reason for this is that criminology remains largely a modernist empirical discipline with attendant modernist assumptions. Primary am...

DON CREWE is a senior lecturer at Leeds Metropolitan University, UK.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:240 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.56 inPublished:May 14, 2013Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 13:9780230216815

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Table of Contents

Preface by Bruce Arrigo

Acknowledgements

Part One: What is Theory
Chapter 1: Theory as Productive of Certainty: Teleology, Cause, Reason, and Emancipation.
Chapter 2: Theory as Causal Explanation
Chapter 3: The Nature of Theory

Part Two: Will
Chapter 4: Agency and Will
Chapter 5: Being and Becoming
Chapter 6: Becoming

Part Three. Constraint
Chapter 7: Power.
Chapter 8: Constraint
Chapter 9: Change and Complexity