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Cultural Criminology and the Carnival of Crime


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Cultural Criminology and the Carnival of Crime by Mike Presdee
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This fascinating and timely publication examines the criminalization of cultural practices in contemporary Britain. By examining a range of criminalized cultural activities, including dog fighting, tunnel and tree dwellers, rave subcultures and joy-riding, the book reworks the notion of the senseless' act and explores the performance of actual crime and violence as cultural commodities to be consumed as entertainment by a society anxious for new and more exciting experiences. Cultural Criminology and the Carnival of Crime attempts to make sense of the current increase in violence, cruelty, hate and humiliation, which has come to permeate daily life. The text argues that an overly organised economic world has provoked a widespread desire for extreme, oppositional forms of popular and personal pleasure. This desire has resulted in a cathartic 'second life' of illicit pleasures often deemed criminal by those in power. Amongst the exciting issues Mike Presdee addresses are: joyriding street crime antisocial behaviour in private via the internet hate, hurt and humiliation in popular culture the popularisation and criminalisation of sadomasochism and dance music cu
Release date NZ
November 9th, 2000
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
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