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Cultural criminology and the carnival of crime

Cultural criminology and the carnival of crime

Presdee, Mike

This text examines the criminalization of cultural practices in Britain. It reworks the senseless act and explores the performance of crime and violence as cultural commodity to be consumed by a society anxious for new experiences. Cultural Criminology and the Carnival of Crime attempts to make sense of the current increase in violence, cruelty, hate and humiliation, which has come to permeate daily life. The text argues that an overly organised economic world has provoked a widespread desire for extreme, oppositional forms of popular and personal pleasure. This desire has resulted in a cathartic 'second life' of illicit pleasures often deemed criminal by those in power. Amongst the exciting issues Mike Presdee addresses are:* joyriding* street crime* antisocial behaviour in private via the internet* hate, hurt and humiliation in popular culture* the popularisation and criminalisation of sadomasochism and dance music cultures

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Published London: Routledge, 2000
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Statement of responsibility: Mike Presdee
ISBN: 1134554583, 9781134554584
Note: Includes bibliographical references and index.
Physical Description: 176p.
Subject: Deviant behavior.; United Kingdom, Great Britain; Sociology; Crime & criminology; Pleasure Social aspects.; Criminal procedure; Crime Sociological aspects.; Criminal law: procedure & offences; Subculture.; Crime.; Criminology.; Cultural studies
Reproduction: Electronic reproduction. Askews and Holts. Mode of access: World Wide Web.
Other formats: Also available in printed form ISBN 9780415239097


  1. Introduction
  2. Cultural Criminology
  3. From Carnival to the Carnival of Crime (with Gavin Carter)
  4. Commodification, Consumption and Crime
  5. Hurt, Humiliation and Crime as Popular Pleasure
  6. The Criminalisation of Consent: The case of S&M
  7. Rap and Rave and the Criminalisation of Youth
  8. The Carnival and the Performing of Crime: Young people, knives and other weapons
  9. Senseless Acts: The harbouring and harvesting of hate