This unique book explores criminalized identities and the idea of 'viscous culture' to provide new understandings of crime, punishment and justice. It shows that viscous culture encourages some of us to become outlaws, monsters or shapeshifters who challenge systems of domination and forces of control. Crime, Prisons and Viscous Culture interweaves analyses of popular culture with extensive empirical research to explore both the glamorous and grotesque nature of crime, control and containment. Through encounters with numerous popular and mythological archetypes the book explores the boundaries of the criminological discipline. Criminology itself is presented as fragmented, distorted and fascinating, and the important transdisciplinary potential of criminology is highlighted. In doing so, this book will be of great interest to scholars of criminology, cultural studies, popular culture and sociological theory.
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Part I. Once Upon a Time Chapter 1. Introduction Chapter 2. Word Up! Mythology Through to Popular Culture Chapter 3. Introducing the Men Part II. Criminalized Lifestyles Chapter 4. Outlaws and Gangsters Chapter 5. Lone Ranger, Robin Hood, The Wild One and Ghetto Supastar Part III. Prison Experiences Chapter 6. Comics and the Gothic Chapter 7. Ghosts, Monsters and Hulk Part IV. Becoming a Prisoner Chapter 8. Shapeshifting Identities Chapter 9. Metamorphosis, Trickster and Werewolf Part 5. Conclusion Chapter 10. Towards a Viscous Understanding of Culture.
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