This book offers an original and challenging reading of the `crimino-legal complex' - criminology, criminal justice, criminal law, the media and everyday experiences - in the light of cultural studies and feminist theory.
Through an exploration of the crisis engendered by the failure of the crimino-legal complex to solve the problems of crime and criminality, Alison Young exposes the cultural dimension of its institutions and practices. She analyzes the far-reaching effects of the cultural value given to crime, showing it to be rooted in a powerful nexus of the body, language, the community and everyday life.
Imagining Crime examines a number of key events and issues which have signalled shifts in the representation of crime. These include: criminology's resistance to feminist intervention; the pleasures of reading detective fiction; ambiguities of victimization and social justice in the city; sacrificial structures in the law's response to conjugal homicide; policing the ethnicity of the `illegal' immigrant; defensive responses to the limits of representation in the Bulger affair; the governmental strategies of campaigns against single mothers; and the fatalism of the spectacle of HIV/AIDS in criminal justice policy.
Alison Young is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Criminology at Melbourne University. She is author of Femininity in Dissent (1990, Routledge) and has also written numerous articles on the intersections of law, criminology and feminist theory. Her current research concerns art as a mode of criminal and deviant expression.
Textual Outlaws and Criminal Conversations Criminology and the Question of Feminism The Universal Victim and the Body in Crisis The Scene of the Crime Reading the Justice of Detective Fiction The Bulger Case and the Trauma of the Visible Criminological Concordats On the Single Mother and the Criminal Child Fatal Frames HIV/AIDS as Spectacle in Criminal Justice Afterthoughts The Imagination of Crime