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The Pre-Crime Society

Crime, Culture, and Control in the Ultramodern Age

Edited by Bruce Arrigo and Brian Sellers


Jul 30, 2021

Page count

528 pages




234 x 156 mm


Bristol University Press


Jul 30, 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.

    “A wide-ranging, up-to-date and dynamic exploration of surveillance, power and social control in contemporary society. Essential reading for those interested in technology’s role in the responses to crime.” Majid Yar, Lancaster University

    "This impressive collection of original essays is an essential critical guide to the transformations of crime control shaped by surveillance, data-analytics and the diverse technological innovations of the pre-crime society." Lucia Zedner, University of Oxford

    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.

    Foreword ~ Ian Warren

    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

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

    The Security Society: On Power, Surveillance, and Punishments ~ Marc Schuilenburg

    Pre-Crime and 'Control Society’: Mass Preventive Justice and the Jurisprudence of Safety ~ Pat O’Malley and Gavin Smith

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

    Part 2 ~ Institutions, Organizations and the Surveillance Industrial Complex

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

    Commodification of Suffering ~ Matthew Draper, Lisa Petot and Brett Breton

    Surveillance, Substance Misuse and the Drug Use Industry ~ Aaron Pycroft

    The Politics of Actuarial Justice and Risk Assessment ~ Andrew Day and Armon Tamatea

    Part 3 ~ Dataveillance, Governance and Policing Control Societies

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

    Theorizing Surveillance in the Pre-Crime Society ~ Michael McCahill

    Dataveillance and the Dividuated Self: The Everyday Digital Surveillance of Young People ~ Clare Southerton and Emmeline Taylor

    The Bad Guys Are Everywhere, the Good Guys Are Somewhere ~ John Deukmedjian

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

    Supermax Prison Isolation in Pre-Crime Society ~ Terry Kupers

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

    Towards Predictivity? Immediacy and Imminence in the Electronic Monitoring of Offenders ~ Mike Nellis

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

    The Digital Technologies of Rehabilitation and Reentry ~ Bianca Reisdorf and Julia DeCook

    Surveilling the Civil Death of the Criminal Class ~ Natalie Deckard

    Big Data, Cyber Security and Liberty ~ Jin Ree Lee and Thomas Holt

    Drone Justice: Kill, Surveil, Govern ~ Birgit Schippers

    Global Surveillance: The Emerging Role of Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) Technology ~ Brian Sellers

    Afterword: 'Pre-Crime' Technologies and the Myth of Race Neutrality ~ Pamela Ugwudike