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Palgrave Macmillan

Crime, Critique and Utopia

ISBN 9781137009791
Publication Date May 2013
Formats Hardcover Ebook (EPUB) Ebook (PDF) 
Publisher Palgrave Macmillan
Series Critical Criminological Perspectives

Crime, Critique and Utopia examines the relationship between Utopia and the political through an analysis of utopian conceptualisations around crime and justice. It addresses the relevance of utopian principles in relation to a range of issues of direct and contemporary relevance to criminology, investigating theoretical possibilities, the use of utopian methods, and the application of utopian principles, in the quest for a transformative agenda within criminology and beyond.

This book refines important social and historical themes of utopian construct from a criminological perspective, examining the interconnections between theoretical work on Utopia and political doctrines such as abolitionism and anarchism. It provides a critical analysis of criminal law and state policy on crime, considering various aspects of the utopian 'impulse' as it shapes criminological and abolitionist thinking.

This edited collection includes contributions from Sarah Armstrong (Glasgow University, UK), Lynne Copson (University of Edinburgh, UK), Michael Löwy (CNRS, France), Mike Nellis (University of Strathclyde, UK), Vincenzo Ruggiero (Middlesex University, UK), David Scott (University of Central Lancashire, UK) and Loïc Wacquant (University of California at Berkeley, USA).

Margaret Malloch is Senior Research Fellow with the Scottish Centre for Crime and Justice Research at the University of Stirling, UK. Her research interests cover a wide range of topics within the field of crime and social justice. Key areas include: gender and justice, criminal justice responses to social issues and critical criminology.
Bill Munro is Lecturer in Criminology at the University of Stirling, UK. His research interests include Critical and Social Theory, Epistemology, Critical Criminology, Deviancy, Social Control, Justice in Transition and Punishment.

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; Loïc Wacquant

Sarah Armstrong, Glasgow University, UK
Lynne Copson, School of Law, University of Edinburgh, UK
Michael Löwy, 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
Loïc 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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