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Crime, Critique and Utopia

This book explores the relevance of utopia in relation to contemporary criminology. The range of contributors explore the application of a utopian method for uncovering the potential within criminology and criminal justice, as well as the relevance of the utopian impulse for developing a challenge to the status quo in academia and beyond.
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Acknowledgements Notes on Contributors 1. Utopia and Its Discontents; Margaret Malloch and Bill Munro 2. Crime, Critique and Utopian Alternatives; Margaret Malloch 3. Utopia and Penal Constraint: The Frankfurt School and Critical Criminology; Bill Munro 4. Erich Fromm: From Messianic Utopia to Critical Criminology; Michael Lowy 5. Crime and Punishment In Classical and Libertarian Utopias; Vincenzo Ruggiero 6. Visualising an abolitionist real utopia: principles, policy and praxis; David Scott 7. Towards a Utopian Criminology; Lynne Copson 8. Using the Future to Predict the Past: Prison Population Projections and the Colonisation of Penal Imagination; Sarah Armstrong 9. Techno-Utopianism, Science Fiction and Penal Innovation: the case of Electronically Monitored Control; Mike Nellis 10. From Penal Dystopia to the Reassertion of Social Rights; Loic Wacquant

About the Author

Sarah Armstrong, Glasgow University, UK Lynne Copson, School of Law, University of Edinburgh, UK Michael Lowy, CNRS (French National Center of Scientific Research), France Mike Nellis, University of Strathclyde, UK Vincenzo Ruggiero, Middlesex University, UK David Scott, University of Central Lancashire, UK Loic Wacquant, University of California at Berkeley, USA


"Crime, Critique, and Utopia offers a humanistic utopianism that pushes readers bravely to envision a different future through utopian blueprints, social movements, messianic hope, and the search for radical alternatives. Utopian imagination and praxis are gravely needed in an era of mass incarceration, systemic police violence and militarization, and rapidly increasing inequality. Criminologists should heed this book's highly relevant call to resist positivism, overspecialization, and submission, and Critical Theorists should heed the contribution that critical criminology makes to projects with emancipatory intent and to an interdisciplinary unification of theory and practice." - Joan Braune, Marx & Philosophy Review of Books

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