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  1. #1 Is cultural criminology even a new approach within criminology? 
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    I'm trying to gather a better understanding of whether cultural criminology 'the placing of crime and its control in the context of culture' is a new approach within criminology? or some kind of regurgitation of previous theories and ideas. Are there aspects that are new to criminology that are unseen before, and to what extent is cultural criminology 'new'.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rh272 View Post
    I'm trying to gather a better understanding of whether cultural criminology 'the placing of crime and its control in the context of culture' is a new approach within criminology? or some kind of regurgitation of previous theories and ideas. Are there aspects that are new to criminology that are unseen before, and to what extent is cultural criminology 'new'.
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    I have never heard the term cultural criminology, what is that?


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    Quote Originally Posted by Stargate View Post
    I have never heard the term cultural criminology, what is that?
    Cultural Criminology has been developed most notably by Jeff Ferrell during the 1990's. It asks that we consider and pay attention to a number of new and different issues when we seek to understand what crime means to the criminal and to society - seeking to locate crime and its control within a contemporary global culture dominated by consumerism and the hyper-real: where the real and the media representations seem to blur. It contests official discourses of crime and in the real and media representations seem to blur. It contests official discourses of crime and in a direct challenge to administrative criminology arguing that, far from being a rational choice, much criminal behaviour is inherently irrational yet, for many people and for various reasons hugely seductive. It grows from the 'cultural turn' in the social sciences and places significant emphasis on the role of the mass media in criminal activities and in our picture of 'crime'. I hope that helps you gain a better understanding of what cultural criminology is. There has been linked to and builds on the work of social interactionists and sub-cultural and strain theories. I'm trying to establish which parts of cultural criminology specifically is not so new, and it just a revamp of previous work.
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    Cultural criminology - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
    Cultural criminology is a theoretical, methodological, and interventionist approach to the study of crime that seeks to understand crime the context of its culture.[1] It views both crime and the agencies of control[clarification needed] as cultural products. Cultural criminology seeks to highlight how power affects constructions of crime, such as laws created, laws broken, and the interplay of moral entrepreneurship, moral innovation, and transgression.[2] Crime and crime control are believed to be shaped by the meanings assigned by culture.


    Cultural Criminology

    Cultural Criminology: An Invitation : Jeff Ferrell, Keith Hayward, Jock Young“This is not just a book on the present state and possible prospects of our understanding of crime and criminals. The impact of this book may well stretch far beyond the realm of criminology proper and mark a watershed in the progress of social study as such.”Zygmunt Bauman, Emeritus Professor, University of Leeds, UK.Cultural Criminology draws together the work of the three leading international figures in the field today. The use of vignettes, case studies and visual material throughout the text brings the subject to life. Cultural Criminology is indispensible to students, lecturers and researchers in criminology, sociology, cultural studies and media studies.

    Jeff Ferrell - Culture, Crime, and Cultural Criminology - JCJPC - Volume 3, Issue 2
    Journal of Criminal Justice and Popular Culture, 3(2) (1995) 25-42
    The many contemporary confluences of cultural and criminal dynamics force us to reconsider traditionally discrete categories of "culture" and "crime" in our research and analysis. Many social groups and events traditionally conceptualized as "criminal" are in fact defined in their everyday operations by subcultural meaning and style. At the same time, various groups and events conventionally placed under the heading of "culture" regularly suffer criminalization at the hands of moral entrepreneurs, legal and political authorities, and others.[1] Further, the criminalization campaigns launched against various subcultures and subcultural activities themselves operate not only by constructing legal statutes and enforcement procedures, but by deploying mediated symbols and mobilizing powerful cultural references. To account for the culture and subcultures of crime, the criminalization of cultural and subcultural activities, and the politics of these processes, then, we must move toward an integration of cultural and criminological analysis -- that is, toward a cultural criminology.
    It seems a bit fringe to me but I will definitely be taking a look into it.
    It can't be much worse than most of the other social theory stuff I have seen.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rh272 View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Stargate View Post
    I have never heard the term cultural criminology, what is that?
    Cultural Criminology has been developed most notably by Jeff Ferrell during the 1990's. It asks that we consider and pay attention to a number of new and different issues when we seek to understand what crime means to the criminal and to society - seeking to locate crime and its control within a contemporary global culture dominated by consumerism and the hyper-real: where the real and the media representations seem to blur. It contests official discourses of crime and in the real and media representations seem to blur. It contests official discourses of crime and in a direct challenge to administrative criminology arguing that, far from being a rational choice, much criminal behaviour is inherently irrational yet, for many people and for various reasons hugely seductive. It grows from the 'cultural turn' in the social sciences and places significant emphasis on the role of the mass media in criminal activities and in our picture of 'crime'. I hope that helps you gain a better understanding of what cultural criminology is. There has been linked to and builds on the work of social interactionists and sub-cultural and strain theories. I'm trying to establish which parts of cultural criminology specifically is not so new, and it just a revamp of previous work.
    Thank you, I appreciate the explanation.
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    It's certainly a better approach than the Victorian idea of the poor and the "criminal classes" being genetically distinct from and inferior to the middle classes and the "respectable working class".
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