New Directions in Crime and Deviancy

Rowland Graham Atkinson, Simon Edward Winlow

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Criminology is at a crossroads. In the last two decades it has largely failed to produce the kind of new intellectual frameworks and empirical data that might help us to explain the high levels of crime and interpersonal violence that beset inner city areas and corrode community life. Similarly, it has failed to adequately explain forms of antisocial behaviour that are just as much a part of life in corporate boardrooms as they are in the ghettos of north America and the sink estates of Britain. Criminology needs to rethink the problem of crime and re-engage its audience with strident theoretical analysis and powerful empirical data.

In New Directions in Crime and Deviancy some of the world’s most talented and polemical critical criminologists come together to offer new ideas and new avenues for analysis. The book contains chapters that address a broad range of issues central to 21st century critical criminology: ecological issues and the new green criminology; the broad impact of neoliberalism upon our cultural and economic life; recent signs of political resistance and opposition; systemic and interpersonal forms of violence; growing fear and enmity in cities; the backlash against the women’s movement; the subjective pathology of the serial killer; computer hacking and so on.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationLondon
Number of pages290
ISBN (Print)978-0-415-62649-1, 978-0-415-62648-4
Publication statusPublished - 2012


  • Criminology
  • The York Deviancy Conference

    Rowland Graham Atkinson (Host)

    29 Jun 20111 Jul 2011

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventConference

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