Anything goes? Eine kritische Betrachtung der Cultural Criminology

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Since the middle of the 1990s Cultural Criminology circulates as an alternative
draft to the traditional concepts of criminology. As a results of this
turn-about in the perspective, offenders nowadays get treated much more
„affirmatively” than ever before, and there exists a tendency to find the
handling of political authorities lacking in reasonable legitimation and at
the same time to concede legitimation to ‘criminals’. In this process wrongdoers’
criminal behaviour gets watered down. Being rather conflict oriented
than policing oriented, Cultural Criminology tries to give the marginalized
a voice. With the help of the revitalization and the renewal of the beginnings
of the idea of social deviance from the 60s and 70s the ‘boring’
mainstream-criminology should be brought to a fall. The strength of this
approach lies at the moment more in its potential as in its actual scientific
practice. This will be carefully considered in the following six points.
Translated title of the contributionAnything goes?: A Critical Examination of Cultural Criminology
Original languageGerman
JournalKriminologisches Journal
Issue number3
Pages (from-to)200-217
Number of pages18
Publication statusPublished - 2008
Externally publishedYes

    Research areas

  • Sociology - cultural criminology, transgression, edgework, culture