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Vol 22 No 2 Feb/March 2017

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What is Criminology About? Philosophical Reflections

Edited by: Don Crewe, Ronnie Lippens

ISBN13: 9781138025400
Published: March 2015
Publisher: Routledge
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Hardback
Price: £90.00
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Since its inception criminology has had trouble answering the question of what it is about. But although many consider the answer to this question to be self-evident, this book pursues the provocative possibility that criminology does not know what the object of its study is; it merely knows what it is called. Aiming to foster dissent among those who claim to know what criminology is about – and those who don’t – this collection contains the responses of 12 writers, from different schools of thought, to the question "what is criminology about?" Building on a resurgence of interest in the nature of the object of criminology, their responses aim to deepen, and to expand, the current debate. They will, then, be of considerable interest to contemporary proponents and students of criminology.

What is Criminology About? Introduction to the Volume, Ronnie Lippens and Don Crewe
1. Groups, Individuals and Intentionality, Tony Amatrudo
2. Energeia and Dynamis of Criminology, and the Phenomenology of the Alien, Don Crewe
3. The study of harm, special liberty and pseudo-pacification in late-capitalism’s libidinal economy, Steve Hall
4. Sartre, Phenomenology and Edgework, James Hardie-Bick
5. The Image of the Line in Vitalism and Existentialism, Ronnie Lippens
6. On Themes and Variations Claudius Messner
7. Criminology and The Quantum Holographic Turn, Dragan Milovanovic
8. About "Reality", Luciano Nuzzo
9. Criminology, Legal Persons and Criminals, George Pavlich
10. The Continuing Failure of Objective Criminology and Agnew’s Integrative Criminology, David Polizzi
11. Explaining Social Censures: The Concept of Overdetermination, Colin Sumner
12. Reading the Social Symptom, Veronique Voruz