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Deviant Knowledge

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Reece WaltersStirling University

ISBN13: 9781843920304
ISBN: 1843920301
Published: May 2004
Publisher: Willan Publishing
Format: Hardback
Price: £85.00

In this work Reece Walters examines the politics of criminology and the ways in which criminological knowledge is generated. It includes an overview of the politics and practice of conducting criminological research (drawing upon material from Britain, Europe, Australia, New Zealand and the US), and the ways that regulatory and governing authorities set research agendas, manipulate the processes and production of knowledge and silence or suppress critical voices through various techniques of neutralisation.;The book argues for ""knowledges of resistance"", a position that promotes critique, challenges concepts of power and social order, wrestles with notions of truth and adheres to intellectual autonomy and independence. It provides valuable insights into the relationship between the criminological researcher, public officials and corporate representatives. Drawing upon a wide range of interviews with academics and administrators from government and business, the book provides rare insights into the ways that knowledge about crime and criminal justice is produced and consumed, revealing why certain topics of criminological enquiry are rarely funded and why others receive ongoing political and governmental support. The book will be important reading for anybody interested in the development of criminological theory and research, and the context and influences that shape it.

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Questions, contours, methods; Contours of criminological research: governed by a spirit of pragmatism?; Criminology, government and public policy; Exploring the day-to-day governance of criminological knowledge; New modes of governance and the commodification of criminological knowledge; Cultures of conformity and the regulation of dissent; Reflections and new horizons.