Criminologia Cultural

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Cultural criminology is concerned with the convergence of cultural, criminal and crime control processes; as such, it situates criminality and its control in the context of cultural dynam- ics and the contested production of meaning. It seeks to understand the everyday realities of a profoundly unequal and unjust world, and to highlight the ways in which power is exercised and resisted amidst the interplay of rule-making, rule-breaking, and representation. The subject matter of cultural criminology, then, crosses a range of contemporary issues: the mediated construction and commodification of crime, vio- lence, and punishment; the symbolic practices of those engaged in illicit subcultural or post-sub- cultural activities; the existential anxieties and situated emotions that animate crime, trans- gression, and victimization; the social controls and cultural meanings that circulate within and between spatial arrangements; the interplay of state control and cultural resistance; the crimi- nogenic cultures spawned by market economies; and a host of other instances in which situated and symbolic meaning is at stake. To accomplish such analysis, cultural criminology embraces interdisciplinary perspectives and alternative methods that regularly move it beyond the boundaries of conventional criminology, drawing from anthropology, media studies, youth studies, cultural studies, cultural geography, sociology, philosophy and other disciplines, and utilizing new forms of ethnography, textual analysis, and visual production. In all of this, cultural crimi- nology seeks to challenge the accepted param- eters of criminological analysis, and to reorient criminology to contemporary social, cultural and economic conditions.
Translated title of the contributionCultural Criminology
Original languagePortuguese
JournalRevista Brasileira de Ciências Criminais
Issue number30
Pages (from-to)37-65
Number of pages28
Publication statusPublished - 2022

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