Criminological Futures Dangerous Knowledge & Innovation Presentations: The ‘trailer’ for your final project How you are evaluated: • Limit of 5-6 minutes (per presentation) • What was interesting about your observations related to one or two concepts? • Engaging – Prepared (practice...) • Can be a video (trailer), performance, visual ‘essay’ w/music, etc Techno Tips... • Expect everything to fail – PREZI never works as well as people hope it will – Consider saving files to Dropbox as backup – No more than 5 slides (ppt) • Non-techno presentations are always welcome Avoid... Alternative Final Projects The assignment guidelines apply to all projects. Rule of thumb: 3/5ths of the document dedicated to demonstrating your understanding of theoretical concepts... Cultural Crim Recap... It is a theoretical framework • Critical perspective (Marx..) • Symbolic Interactionism & Structure (Mills...) Assumptions: Power is performed culturally. By moving between the level of analysis (MicroMeso-Macro) we can access the relationship between the individual & the social (Merton) Crime & Culture Interrogating ‘crime’ through the lens of culture • Emotion/Excitement – Heroic fantasies – Ultimate meaning • Subterranean Values • Reaction to larger cultural institutions.... Late Modernity... A way to speak about the present without defining it as pre/post modern (issue: autonomy) • Ontological Insecurity – Sensation Gatherers – Edgework – Politics of Inclusion/Exclusion – Commodification of resistance Contemporary Consumer Culture We are caught up in a cycle of consuming identities as a response to anxieties, creating endless needs & markets. Conspicuous Consumption (Veblin) – Waste is built into capitalism – Seduction of ignorant consumption Phenomenology of Crime…(65-70) Cultural phenomena is part of the process of collective meaning • Situational dynamics of emotion • Sites of contested performance • Cultural practice as lived – Embodied – Emotional Politics of transgression Mardi Gras Banality of Evil (Arendt) Subterranean Values (Mardi Gras Carnival of Crime (Presdee) Commodification of Crime Vocabularies of Motives Politics of Violence Ontological Insecurity • Hyperpluralism • Defamiliarity Criminology of the State (p.75) The Colonization of Everyday Life Habermas Hedgemonic media Reliance on Image Image manipulation Theoretical Response • Ahistorical approaches • Positivist Criminology (anti-humanism) • Theoretically vapid analysis Dangerous Knowleges? • Crime & trees • Youth gangs • Gun runners • Rap music... Critiques... Romanticism “we don’t focus on crimes that disturb the comfort of the powerful” Understanding humans Without an understanding of people & culture, we will never have good policy. Critical Research Research & Knowledge Chicago School 1920s & 30s Depression & ‘Red Scares’ ‘Book length’ sociology Ethnography *Positivistic approaches to urban life Research & Knowledge North America late 40s & 50s Post-War Economy & American Dream Corporate Management Practices Promises of Science Survey Research Research & Knowledge 1950s & 60s Subcultural ethnographies Unorthodox methodologies 70s & 80s ‘Neo-liberal’ shift Governmentality Promises of Objectivity Curing Nations of Crime Irony of Ethics…. Ethnographies • Liquid (activism) • Instant (emotion) Writing from below • Appreciating the tensions : creativity & harm Methods of Cultural Criminology • Degradation Ceremonies • Spectacle of Crime • Politics of inclusion & exclusion (see index p.235) • Culture Jamming... Visual Criminology Environmental Criminology Civic Criminology Such criminologists need their objects of study more than the objects need them, and in the face of strong expressions of subjectivity, attributions of subjectivity from without become totally inappropriate. Ruggiero critique Wobblies, Dada and Mobs... “Resistance is everywhere...” What will you resist?