Criminology, Deviance, and the Silver Screen: The Fictional by J. Frauley

By J. Frauley

Works of fiction supply complicated and layered social realities that may be deconstructed and creatively theorized in the course of the analytic languages of criminology and sociology. Frauley argues for the usefulness of fictional realities for criminological theorizing and research and argues for a “craft-enterprise” method of theoretic perform. In constructing this argument he outlines the conceptual procedure, technique, and social ontology of the "criminological imagination". this offers the foundation for investigating a few significant ideas of popular and influential theoretical frameworks, leading to numerous unique interpretations of cinematic narratives. as well as illustrating theoretic research, Frauley presents for the bridging of concept and alertness and provides an leading edge and engaging context within which to have interaction readers within the exploration of criminological idea and theorizing.

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From this standpoint, crime is regarded as an expression of creativity and value, something constructed or produced rather than as an act of destruction or simply a violation of the rules. Transgressive practices that may challenge or resist dominant values are linked to values that can be found in the wider culture, but which may not be dominant. Like criminal activities, criminalization and crime control are also thought to have an aesthetic or symbolic dimension (think of the “style” expressed through the comportment and apparel found within policing and courtroom procedure and the “moral architecture” of the prison).

From this standpoint, crime is regarded as an expression of creativity and value, something constructed or produced rather than as an act of destruction or simply a violation of the rules. Transgressive practices that may challenge or resist dominant values are linked to values that can be found in the wider culture, but which may not be dominant. Like criminal activities, criminalization and crime control are also thought to have an aesthetic or symbolic dimension (think of the “style” expressed through the comportment and apparel found within policing and courtroom procedure and the “moral architecture” of the prison).

Our thought—whether commonsense thinking or that of social science—is disciplined by the categories we use, and as such, these categories operate as tools that we think with. Our particular analytic concepts and languages allow us to imagine crime, criminality, crime control, power, justice, and social control, among other things, in a particular and systematic way. ” This work of conceptualizing is the result of a consciously and purposely disciplined imagination and is necessary for social science.

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