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A Criminology Of Narrative Fiction

By Rafe McGregor

Published

Jul 1, 2022

Page count

176 pages

Series

New Horizons in Criminology

ISBN

978-1529208061

Dimensions

234 x 156 mm

Imprint

Bristol University Press

Published

Jan 6, 2021

Page count

176 pages

Series

New Horizons in Criminology

ISBN

978-1529208054

Dimensions

234 x 156 mm

Imprint

Bristol University Press

Published

Jan 6, 2021

Page count

176 pages

Series

New Horizons in Criminology

ISBN

978-1529208092

Dimensions

Imprint

Bristol University Press

Published

Jan 6, 2021

Page count

176 pages

Series

New Horizons in Criminology

ISBN

978-1529208092

Dimensions

Imprint

Bristol University Press
A Criminology Of Narrative Fiction

Criminology has been reluctant to embrace fictional narratives as a tool for understanding, explaining and reducing crime and social harm.

In this philosophical enquiry, McGregor uses examples from films, television, novels and graphic novels to demonstrate the extensive criminological potential of fiction around the world. Building on previous studies of non-fiction narratives, the book is the first to explore the ways criminological fiction provides knowledge of the causes of crime and social harm.

For academics, practitioners and students, this is an engaging and thought-provoking critical analysis that establishes a bold new theory of criminological fiction.

“A Criminology of Narrative Fiction is an enjoyable, interesting and focused text that will spark debate and discussion… It is a book worth reading.” Crime, Media, Culture

“…crime genre has always had a special place in our culture and within the humanities. McGregor’s book is an immensely insightful contribution to exploring, reaffirming and honoring its status and value.” European Journal of Analytic Philosophy

“McGregor’s book is a refreshing take on the use of fiction within criminology… The book is thought-provoking and will cause readers, especially those who do not value fiction, to rethink their opinions.” Philosophy in Review

"This is a must read for all those who suspect that crime fiction and related narratives are, very often, at least as insightful as academic work in criminology.” Ronnie Lippens, formerly Keele University

“McGregor’s massively skilled and imaginative synthesis of theories and paradigms – narrative and more – is the best kind of contemporary criminology.” Lois Presser, University of Tennessee

“By showing how knowledge may derive from narrative fictions, McGregor redefines the boundaries of criminology. This is a daring book which criminologists would wish to explore.” Tzachi Zamir, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Rafe McGregor is Senior Lecturer in Criminology at Edge Hill University, prior to which he spent fifteen years in the police and the prison service.

Introduction: Narrative, Criminology, and Fiction

Narrative Criminologies

Fictional Criminologies

Phenomenological Criminology

Counterfactual Criminology

Mimetic Criminology

Criminological Cinema

Conclusion: Criminology Of Narrative Fiction