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SOC2086 : Post-disciplinary Criminology: Hermeneutics, Poststructuralism and Cultural Theory

  • Offered for Year: 2020/21
  • Module Leader(s): Professor Elaine Campbell
  • Owning School: Geography, Politics & Sociology
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 1 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0


This module will provide a critical introduction to the emerging work of post-disciplinary criminology. At its most basic, this new field of academic study is formed from an integration of the critical, hermeneutic and postructuralist traditions within criminology, sociology, cultural geography and cultural studies. It aims to introduce students to:

- Critical criminological, and interpretive sociological perspectives on culture, from hermeneutics to postmodern scholarship
- A range of contemporary theoretical and conceptual frameworks for understanding the relationship between culture and questions of crime, punishment, victimisation, justice, law and order
- A range of cultural theoretical frameworks for making sense of crime and space, particularly urban space
- A range of methods for analysing representations of crimes and punishment using different cultural media and forms
- Ways of thinking about the transformative power of digital cultures for criminal and policing landscapes
- Ways of understanding the cultural constitution of transgressive selves and others

Module Summary (For pre-entry promotional purposes):

The module is structured around the following thematic components. 1. Post-disciplinary Criminology: An Interdisciplinary Marriage of Hermeneutics, Poststructuralism and Cultural Theory; 2. The Cultural Politics of Criminality, Victimisation and Punishment; 3. Crime and the City; 4. Methodological Approaches to Post-disciplinary Criminology; 5. Digital Cultures, Crime and Policing; 6. Transgressive Selves and Others

Outline Of Syllabus

Theme 1: The Marriage of Cultural Studies, Sociological and Criminological Theory
      - The Legacy of Classical Theories
      - Interpretivism and Hermeneutics
      - Poststructuralist approaches and post-disciplinary theories
      - The contribution from Cultural Geographies
      - British cultural studies
      - French cultural studies

Theme 2: The Cultural Politics of Criminality, Victimization and Punishment
- Criminal imagery
- Narratives of victimhood
- Lives behind bars

Theme 3: Crime and the City
- The crime-city nexus
- Criminogenic spaces
- The misanthropic city

Theme 4: Methodological Approaches to Crime, Culture and Society
- Narrative analysis
- Visual research methods
- Discourse/textual analysis
- Ethnographic approaches
- Sensory ethnography

Theme 5: Digital Cultures, Crime and Policing
- Cybercriminology
- Digital vigilantism
- Mediated offending

Theme 6. Transgressive Selves and Others
- Transgressive/transgressed subjectivities
- Embodied and affective responses to crime and governance
- Aesthetics of punishment

Teaching Methods

Module leaders are revising this content in light of the Covid 19 restrictions.
Revised and approved detail information will be available by 17 August.

Assessment Methods

Module leaders are revising this content in light of the Covid 19 restrictions.
Revised and approved detail information will be available by 17 August.

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