The New Criminology
For a Social Theory of Deviance, 2nd Edition
Routledge – 1973 – 342 pages
"The New Criminology was written at a particular time and place; it was a product of 1968 and its aftermath: a world turned upside down .It was a time of great changes in personal politics and a surge of politics on the left: Marxism, Anarchism, Situationism as well as radical social democratic ideas became centre stage." Jock Young, from the new introduction.
Taylor, Walton and Young’s The New Criminology is one of the seminal texts in Criminology. First published in 1973, it marked a watershed moment in the development of critical criminological theory and is as relevant today as it was forty years ago. It was one of the first texts to bridge the gap between criminological and sociological theory and demonstrated the weaknesses of classical and positivist criminology. Critics at the time saw it as the first truly comprehensive critique of Anglo-American studies of crime and deviance.
Reproduced unabridged, the fortieth anniversary edition includes a brand new introductory essay from Jock Young placing the book in its intellectual context and sequence and looking at the theories which built up to it and the theories that have been built upon since. It is essential reading for all serious students engaged in criminological theory and is destined to inspire future generations.
Introduction to the 40th Anniversary Edition by Jock Young, Forward by Alvin W. Gouldner, 1, Classical criminology and the positivist revolution, 2. The appeal of positivism, 3. Durkheim and the break with 'analytical individualism', 4. The early sociologies of crime, 5. Social reaction, deviant commitment and career, 6. American naturalism and phenomenology, 7. Marx, Engels and Bonger on crime and social control, 8. The new conflict theorists, 9. Conclusion.
Jock Young is Distinguished Professor of Criminal Justice at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York and John Jay College of Criminal Justice. He is a Visiting Professor of Sociology at the University of Kent's School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research. His work has had a profound impact on criminology. Along with John Lea, Jock Young developed Left Realism Criminology and is now involved in a new theoretical development known as Cultural Criminology. He has published extensively across a wide range of areas including mass media, drugs, abortion, policing, criminal victimization, stop and search and ethnic minorities.He has just finished a trilogy on social exclusion: The Exclusive Society (Sage, 1999) The Vertigo of Late Modernity (Sage, 2007) and The Criminological Imagination (Polity Press, 2011).