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NCJ Number: 148440 Find in a Library
Title: Postmodern Thought and Criminological Discontent: New Metaphors for Understanding Violence
Journal: Criminology  Volume:32  Issue:2  Dated:(May 1994)  Pages:221-246
Author(s): M D Schwartz; D O Friedrichs
Date Published: 1994
Page Count: 26
Type: Research (Theoretical)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: These authors explore some of the tensions and intersections between postmodernism and criminology, with a particular emphasis on the implications of this discussion for formulating responses to various forms of violence.
Abstract: They argue that postmodern thought has relevance for criminology and is linked most closely to critical criminology. Postmodernist theory offers a method that can reveal how knowledge is constituted and can expose pretensions and contradictions of traditional scholarship, offering an alternative to linear analysis. Furthermore, postmodernism can highlight the significance of language and signs in the arena of crime and criminal justice. Finally, postmodern thought provides a source of metaphors and concepts that capture elements of an emerging reality and the new context and set of conditions in which crime occurs. 13 notes and 117 references
Main Term(s): Criminology
Index Term(s): Crime causes theory; Theory; Violence
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