Faculty Book: Jock Young

Jock Young

The Criminological Imagination
(Polity Press, 2011)

In this provocative new book, Young criticizes the rigid determinism and rampant positivism that dominate criminology today. His erudite and entertaining examination of what’s gone wrong with the discipline draws on a range of research, from urban ethnography to sexology and criminal victimization studies, to illustrate its failings. At the same time, Young makes a passionate case for a return to criminology’s creative and critical potential, partly informed by the new developments in cultural criminology. A late-modern counterpart to C. Wright Mills’s classic The Sociological Imagination, this inspirational piece of writing is essential reading for anyone who cares about the future of criminology and the social sciences in general. Jock Young is a distinguished professor of criminal justice and sociology at the Graduate Center.

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Submitted on: AUG 16, 2011

Category: Criminal Justice | Faculty Books | Sociology