Criminal Identities and Consumer Culture: Crime, Exclusion and the New Culture of Narcissm

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Routledge, Jun 17, 2013 - Social Science - 264 pages

This book offers the first in-depth investigation into the relationship between today's criminal identities and consumer culture. Using unique data taken from criminals locked in areas of permanent recession, the book aims to uncover feelings and attitudes towards a variety of criminal activities, investigating the incorporation of hearts and minds into consumer culture's surrogate social world and highlighting the relationship between the lived identities of active criminals and the socio-economic climate of instability and anxiety that permeates post-industrial Britain.

This book will be of interest to undergraduates, postgraduates, researchers and lecturers in all fields within the social sciences, but especially criminology, sociology, social policy, politics and anthropology.

 

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Contents

the return to motivation
1
economic change and acute marginalisation
21
some insights into desires and motivations
47
two case studies
65
Chapter 5 Consumerism and the counterculture
89
Chapter 6 Critical reflections on the intellectual roots of postwar criminological theory
116
a critique of some current thinking on crime and culture
142
Chapter 8 Consumerism narcissism and the reorientation of the Western superego
166
consumerism crime and the pseudopacification process
191
Glossary of terms
219
References
223
Name index
237
Subject index
241
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Steve Hall is Senior Lecturer in Criminology at Northumbria University, UK.

Simon Winlow is Lecturer in Sociology and Criminology at the University of York, UK.

Craig Ancrum is Senior Lecturer in Criminology at the University of Teeside, UK.

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