Postmodern Explanations of crime
- Readings for this lecture are on blackboard
Postmodern criminal thought:
- Crime is not simply a violation of formal law or an objective fact that can be discovered
using scientific method.
o Crime is defined through a broad range of social relations
- Crimes are linguistic constructions made by official institutions
- Laws are structures ..
- Critique: there is a general assumption that we have evolved or are evolving. They reject
the enlightenment premise: society is evolving. We are not essentially becoming better,
democracy and other liberal forms can also be punitive. They question evolutionary
- Law can oppress certain individuals.
- Discipline and punishment.
- He worked on the prison reformed movement.
- There were various revolts against prison, the way inmates were living the way they
were treated and this lead to a whole series of revolts and questioning of the prison
- His work on discipline and punishment is influenced by his role as an activist.
- He became interested in how institutions are forms of power.
- Discipline and punish: book
o How prisons came about; the birth of prisons
o 2 styles of punishment: torture vs the schedule
o The different forms of torture that were enforced on an in