Emotions and Crime – Towards a Criminology of Emotions: Towards a criminology of emotions

Michael Hviid Jacobsen (Editor), Sandra Walklate (Editor)

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In spite of the fact that crime is an emotive topic, the question of emotion has been largely overlooked in criminological research, which has tended instead to examine criminal conduct in terms of structural background variables or rational decision-making. Building on research into emotions within sociology, this book seeks to show how criminologists can in fact take emotions seriously and why criminology needs to begin considering emotions as a central element of its theoretical, conceptual and methodological apparatus. Thematically organised and presenting both empirical and theoretical studies, Emotions and Crime pays attention to the different emotional dimensions of crime, victimhood, the criminal justice system, the practice of criminological research and the discipline of criminology. Bringing together the work of an international team of authors and discussing research into violence, punishment, gender, imprisonment and mass atrocity, this volume shows how crime and emotions are inextricably connected, and illustrates both the hidden and pervasive role of emotions in criminological work.

Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationLondon
Number of pages238
ISBN (Print)978-1-138-49788-7
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-351-01763-3
Publication statusPublished - 2019

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© 2019 selection and editorial matter, Michael Hviid Jacobsen and Sandra Walklate.


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