By J. Frauley
Works of fiction supply complicated and layered social realities that may be deconstructed and creatively theorized during the analytic languages of criminology and sociology. Frauley argues for the usefulness of fictional realities for criminological theorizing and research and argues for a “craft-enterprise” method of theoretic perform. In constructing this argument he outlines the conceptual method, technique, and social ontology of the "criminological imagination". this gives the root for investigating a few significant ideas of popular and influential theoretical frameworks, leading to a number of unique interpretations of cinematic narratives. as well as illustrating theoretic research, Frauley offers for the bridging of concept and alertness and gives an cutting edge and fascinating context during which to interact readers within the exploration of criminological thought and theorizing.
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Extra info for Criminology, Deviance, and the Silver Screen: The Fictional Reality and the Criminological Imagination
The text aims to demonstrate that fiction, especially film, is a useful empirical object that offers a “contained social reality,” which can be creatively theorized and deconstructed. It illustrates that criminological ideas or concepts are tools that are produced, refined, and operated by social scientists. Our thought—whether commonsense thinking or that of social science—is disciplined by the categories we use, and as such, these categories operate as tools that we think with. Our particular analytic concepts and languages allow us to imagine crime, criminality, crime control, power, justice, and social control, among other things, in a particular and systematic way.
This book argues for and develops a pedagogical practice that stems from the position that theoretical concepts must be crafted, operated, refined, reformulated, and possibly discarded; that this process is akin to a craft-enterprise; and that such a practice must be undertaken relative to an empirical referent in order to avoid theoreticism and representationalism, both of which plague much positivist and interactionist social science. Even when one manages to escape such trappings within one’s own research, it is a different matter altogether to find or develop a workable pedagogical practice that can exemplify such an approach.
A great many theory texts illustrate the ubiquity of the history-of-ideas model. Although there are some very good texts that seek to explicate the principal concepts of theoretical frameworks and their implications, these texts are rare. Criminology, it should be stressed, is and has been well served by a history-of-ideas model for research (as distinct from pedagogy). Knowledge of historical conditions and contingencies in the development of the ideas that become dominant and subordinate within one’s discipline and illustration of the incremental growth and emergence of one’s field and its objects of inquiry are invaluable, but more must be done to promote theoretical literacy within criminology.
Criminology, Deviance, and the Silver Screen: The Fictional Reality and the Criminological Imagination by J. Frauley