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CULTURAL CRIMINOLOGY AND THE CARNIVAL OF CRIME
Mike Presdee
Chapter ONE: Introduction
- While there is always some sort of crime happening in the world, the “young people” often
become the general targets for blame, along with the notion of “evil” along with a whole
collection of the usual scapegoats such as the Internet
- articles on the murder of Jill Dando came coupled with how you would go about hiring a hit
man if you wanted to and how much it would cost
- Crime and violence seemed to have saturated all of life to the extent that for a while there
seemed nothing else
- Fascination with violence and crime shows that there is also potential entertainment value to be
realized from such acts
the way we enjoy violence, crime, humiliation and hurt needs to be thoroughly
examined, even the enjoyment of doing something wrong (which is important because
it puts us “in touch” with crime); we become acquainted with the emotions of criminal
life through our own transgressions
crime is as much about emotions as it is about poverty, possessing and wealth; in our
society, emotions stand in the way of the rational and material world
The feeling of “getting away with it”(excitement of living on the edge of law and order)
Desire becomes the engine that drives us to seek out certain cultural acts whilst the
resulting pleasure drives desire once again to find new limits
- It is clear that cultural forms and artefacts are an important element in our everyday lives,
causing us to enter the realm of challenge, control, resistance, and even carnival
- Colorado killings: much was made of Goths and their music with its focus on death, dying and
darkness -> an attempt to connect youth subcultures with murder, which continued with the
Soho bombings
Clear that cultural forms and artefacts are an important element in our everyday lives
and as such we quickly come into conflict, through the seeking of pleasure, with the
dominant perspectives
- Excitement is the goal of the performance of many of dramas related; it is directly related to
breaking of boundaries, confronting parameters and playing at the margins of social life in the
challenging of controllers & their control mechanisms
- Bakhtin’s concept of the “second life of people” (1984) where most of people’s transgressions
emanate and the part of life that is inaccessible and untouchable to the “official” world of the
scientific rationality of modernity and its politics, parties, and politicians
However, as politicians attempt to bend social life through social policies, we are forced
into the realm of the second life, where there becomes no difference between carnival
and true life, the second life, where the only laws are the laws of freedom with no
possibility of any life outside of it (this unofficial life is where we express our fears of
rational official life)

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CULTURAL CRIMINOLOGY AND THE CARNIVAL OF CRIME Mike Presdee Chapter ONE IntroductionWhile there is always some sort of crime happening in the world the young people often become the general targets for blame along with the notion of evil along with a whole collection of the usual scapegoats such as the Internetarticles on the murder of Jill Dando came coupled with how you would go about hiring a hit man if you wanted to and how much it would costCrime and violence seemed to have saturated all of life to the extent that for a while there seemed nothing elseFascination with violence and crime shows that there is also potential entertainment value to be realized from such actsthe way we enjoy violence crime humiliation and hurt needs to be thoroughly examined even the enjoyment of doing something wrong which is important because it puts us in touch with crime we become acquainted with the emotions of criminal life through our own transgressionscrime is as much about emotions as it is about poverty possessing and wealth in our society emotions stand in the way of the rational and material world The feeling of getting away with itexcitement of living on the edge of law and orderDesire becomes the engine that drives us to seek out certain cultural acts whilst the resulting pleasure drives desire once again to find new limitsIt is clear that cultural forms and artefacts are an important element in our everyday lives causing us to enter the realm of challenge control resistance and even carnivalColorado killings much was made of Goths and their music with its focus on death dying and darknessan attempt to connect youth subcultures with murder which continued with the Soho bombingsClear that cultural forms and artefacts are an important element in our everyday lives and as such we quickly come into conflict through the seeking of pleasure with the dominant perspectivesExcitement is the goal of the performance of many of dramas related it is directly related to breaking of boundaries confronting parameters and playing at the margins of social life in the challenging of controllerstheir control mechanisms Bakhtins concept of the second life of people 1984 where most of peoples transgressions emanate and the part of life that is inaccessible and untouchable to the official world of the scientific rationality of modernity and its politics parties and politiciansHowever as politicians attempt to bend social life through social policies we are forced into the realm of the second life where there becomes no difference between carnival and true life the second life where the only laws are the laws of freedom with no possibility of any life outside of it this unofficial life is where we express our fears of rational official life
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