The French connection in criminology: Rediscovering crime, law, and social change

Bruce A. Arrigo, Dragan Milovanovic, Robert Carl Schehr

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Abstract

This is the first comprehensive, accessible, and integrative overview of postmodernism's contribution to law, criminology, and social justice. The book begins by reviewing the major contributions of eleven prominent figures responsible for the development of French postmodern social theory. This "first" wave includes Roland Barthes, Jean Baudrillard, Hélène Cixous, Gilles Deleuze, Jacques Derrida, Michel Foucault, Félix Guattari, Luce Irigaray, Julia Kristeva, Jacques Lacan, and Jean-Francois Lyotard. Their respective insights are then linked to "second" wave scholars who have appropriated their conceptualizations and applied them to pressing issues in law, crime, and social justice research. Compelling and concrete examples are provided for how affirmative and integrative postmodern inquiry can function meaningfully in the world of criminal justice. Topics explored include confinement law and prison resistance; critical race theory and a jurisprudence of color; media/literary studies and feminism; restorative justice and victim-offender mediation processes; and the emergence of social movements, including innocence projects and intentional communities.

Original languageEnglish (US)
PublisherState University of New York Press
Number of pages198
ISBN (Print)0791463559, 9780791463550
StatePublished - Dec 1 2005

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Arrigo, B. A., Milovanovic, D., & Schehr, R. C. (2005). The French connection in criminology: Rediscovering crime, law, and social change. State University of New York Press.