Expanding the Criminological Imagination: Critical Readings in Crimonology

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Alana Barton
Willan, 2007 - Social Science - 226 pages
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This book aims to highlight the problems facing contemporary criminology, setting out the main theoretical priorities of critical analysis and their application to substantive case studies of research in action. In doing so the contributors to this book reflect upon the utility of the discipline of criminology in order to reawaken, revive and expand a criminological imagination-challenging dominant state-driven discourses. Its main aim is to establish the conceptual and practical foundations for a new generation of studies in criminology, and to set a new agenda for critical criminology. Contributors to the book critically assess the main conceptual and empirical problems they have encountered in their research, bringing to life the key theoretical debates within the discipline. Expanding the Criminological Imagination shows how a more imaginative criminology can help to visualise radically alternative visions to those propsed within the limited framework of mainstream criminological knowledge. It will be essential reading for students and others seeking an understanding of the nature of the discipline of criminology and criminological research.

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Alana Barton is a Reader in Criminology and Criminal Justice at Edge Hill University, UK.

Karen Corteen is a Senior Lecturer in Criminology, and Programme Leader for Criminology at the University of Chester, UK.

David Scott is a Senior Lecturer at the Centre for Criminology and Criminal Justice, University of Central Lancashire, UK.

David Whyte is a Reader in Sociology at the University of Liverpool, UK.

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