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The Pre-Crime Society

Crime, Culture and Control in the Ultramodern Age

Edited by Bruce A. Arrigo and Brian G. Sellers


1 Jul 2021

Page count

528 pages




234 x 156 mm


Bristol University Press


1 Jul 2021

Page count

528 pages





Bristol University Press
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    The Pre-Crime Society

    We now live in a pre-crime society, in which information technology strategies and techniques such as predictive policing, actuarial justice and surveillance penology are used to achieve hyper-securitization.

    However, such securitization comes at a cost - the criminalization of everyday life is guaranteed, justice functions as an algorithmic industry and punishment is administered through dataveillance regimes.

    This pioneering book explores relevant theories, developing technologies and institutional practices and explains how the pre-crime society operates in the ‘ultramodern’ age of digital reality construction. Reviewing pre-crime's cultural and political effects, the authors propose new directions in crime control policy.

    Bruce A. Arrigo is Professor in the Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology at University of North Carolina at Charlotte.

    Brian G. Sellers is Associate Professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Eastern Michigan University.

    Introduction: The Ultramodern Age of Criminology, Control Societies, and “Dividual” Justice Policy ~

    Bruce Arrigo, Brian Sellers and Faith Butta

    Part 1: Theories, Theorists and Theoretical Perspectives

    Ch. 1: The “Risk” Society Thesis and the Culture(s) of Crime Control ~ Bruce Arrigo and Brian Sellers

    Ch. 2: The Security Society: On Power, Surveillance, and Punishments ~ Marc Schuilenberg

    Ch. 3: Pre-Crime and “Control Society’: Mass Preventive Justice and the Jurisprudence of Safety ~

    Pat O’Malley and Gavin Smith

    Ch. 4: The Negation of Innocence: Terrorism and the State of Exception ~ David Polizzi

    Part 2: Institutions, Organizations, and the Surveillance Industrial Complex

    Ch. 5: Visions of the Pre-Criminal Student: Reimagining School Digital Surveillance ~ Andrew Hope

    Ch. 6: The Commodification of Suffering and the Surveillance of Mental Illness ~ Matthew Draper, Lisa Petot, and Brett Breton

    Ch. 7: The Surveillance of Substance Misuse and the Drug Use Industry ~ Aaron Pycroft

    Ch. 8: The Politics of Actuarial Justice and Risk Assessment ~ Andrew Day and Armon Tamatea

    Part 3: Dataveillance, Governance, and Policing Control Societies

    Ch. 9: Cameras and Police Dataveillance: A New Era in Policing ~ Janne Gaub and Marthinus Koen

    Ch. 10: Theorizing Surveillance in the Pre-Crime Society ~ Michael McCahill

    Ch. 11: Dataveillance and the Dividuated Self: The Everyday Digital Surveillance of Young People ~

    Clare Southerton and Emmeline Taylor

    Ch. 12: The Bad Guys are Everywhere, the Good Guys are Somewhere ~ John Deukmedjian

    Part 4: Systems of Surveillance, Discipline, and the New Penology

    Ch. 13: Solitary Confinement and the Datafication of Danger/Disease/Disorder ~ Terry Kupers

    Ch. 14: Mass Monitoring: The Role of Big Data in Tracking Individuals Convicted of Sex Crimes ~ Kristen Budd and Christina Mancini

    Ch. 15: Towards Predictivity? Immediacy and Imminence in the Electronic Monitoring of Offenders ~

    Mike Nellis

    Ch. 16: The Digital Technologies of Rehabilitation and Reentry ~ Bianca Reisdorf and Julia DeCook

    Part 5: Globalizing Surveillance, Human Rights, and (In)Security

    Ch. 17: Surveilling the Civil Death of the Criminal Class ~ Natalie Deckard

    Ch. 18: Big Data, Cyber Security, and Liberty ~ Jin Ree Lee and Thomas Holt

    Ch. 19: Drone Technology and Drone Strikes ~ Birgit Schippers

    Ch. 20: Global Surveillance: The Emerging Role of Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) Technology ~

    Brian Sellers