Policy Press

Publishing with Purpose

Critical Criminology and Literary Criticism

By Rafe McGregor

Published

Dec 1, 2021

Page count

144 pages

ISBN

978-1529219678

Dimensions

203 x 127 mm

Imprint

Bristol University Press

Published

Dec 1, 2021

Page count

144 pages

ISBN

978-1529219685

Dimensions

203 x 127 mm

Imprint

Bristol University Press
Critical Criminology and Literary Criticism

There is increasing pressure on the humanities to justify their value and on criminology to undertake interdisciplinary research. In this book, Rafe McGregor establishes a new interdisciplinary methodology, ‘criminological criticism’, harnessing the synergy between literary studies and critical criminology to produce genuine interventions in social reality.

McGregor practices criminological criticism on George Miller’s ‘Mad Max: Fury Road’, Prime Video’s ‘Carnival Row’ and J.K. Rowling’s ‘The Cuckoo’s Calling’, demonstrating how these popular allegories provide insights into the harms of sexism, racism and class prejudice.

This book proposes a model for collaboration between literary studies and critical criminology that is beneficial to the humanities, the social sciences and society.

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

Criminological Criticism

The Critical Sociology of Mad Max: Fury Road

The Urban Zemiology of Carnival Row

The Cultural Criminology of The Cuckoo’s Calling

Critical Criminological Methodology

Interdisciplinary Intervention

Conclusion