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Vol 23 No 3 March/April 2018

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Imagining Crime

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Alison YoungUniversity of Melbourne, Australia

ISBN13: 9780803986220
ISBN: 080398622X
Published: December 1995
Publisher: Sage Publications
Format: Hardback
Price: £101.00

This text explores the inability of the ""crimino-legal complex"" - criminology, criminal justice, criminal law, the media and ordinary, individual everyday experiences - to solve the problem of crime and criminality. It examines a number of events which have been taken to represent something definitive about crime. Each event is seen as representing the crisis within the crimino-legal tradition in different ways. Topics discussed include: criminology's resistance to feminist intervention; the ambiguities of victimization in relation to social justice in the city; conjugal homicide and illegal immigration; the pleasures of reading about crime in detective fiction; the discovery of the limits in the representation of crime when two children killed another child (the Bulger case); the governmental campaigns against single motherhood as a challenge to the heterosexual norm; and HIV/AIDS as spectacle in criminal justive policies.

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Textual outlaws and criminal conversations; criminology and the question of feminism; the universal victim and the body in crisis; the scene of the crime - reading the justice of detective fiction; the Bulger case and the trauma of the visible; criminological concordats - on the single mother and the criminal child; fatal frames - HIV; AIDS as spectacle in criminal justice; afterthoughts - the imagination of crime.