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The Criminological Imagination


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Introduction: The Legacy of C. Wright Mills 1. Closing Down the Imagination 2. Measurement and the Sexologists 3. Amnesia and the Art of Skating on Thin Ice 4. The Bogus of Positivism 5. The Loosening of the Moorings: The Emergence of Cultural Criminology 6. Giuliani and the New York Miracle 7. Magic, Mayhem and Margaret Mead: Towards a Critical Ethnography 8. Subcultures as Magic: Problems of Urban Ethnography 9. Dangerous Knowledge and the Politics of the Imagination 10. Rescuing the Imagination

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Jock Young is Distinguished Professor of Sociology and Criminal Justice at The Graduate Center, CUNY, and Professor of Sociology at the University of Kent, UK.


"Great teachers like Young translate between cultural forms andfields of knowledge." Kriminologisches Journal 'The terms "criminology" and "imagination" do not naturally belongtogether. Jock Young's singular achievement is to apply a fine"criminological imagination", exposing the soulless discourse ofmainstream criminology and reflecting upon the alternative criticaltradition in which he himself played such a central role.' Stan Cohen, London School of Economics and PoliticalScience If reading a clever and consequential book were a crime,you would get arrested and hauled straight to jail for picking upThe Criminological Imagination. Adapting and deepeningC.-Wright Mills's classic critique of the foibles of sociology,Young not only offers a razor-sharp diagnosis of how criminologylost its way in a funny-mirror house of methodological fetishism,empirical legerdemain, conceptual confusion and policysubservience. He also clears a path toward rescue and renewal:criminology can regain its analytic poise and civic relevance byembracing its sociological grounding and by reconnecting crime toformations of meaning and power. This book will energize all thosewho wish to free the craft from the clutches of the profession, andit is sure to fire up vigorous debate between and among partisansof mainstream and critical criminology.' Loic Wacquant, author of Urban Outcasts: A ComparativeSociology of Advanced Marginality and Punishing the Poor:The Neoliberal Government of Social Insecurity.

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