The politics of doing imaginative criminological research

Carrington, Kerry & Larrkin, Ashleigh (2017) The politics of doing imaginative criminological research. In Jacobsen, Michael Hviid & Walklate, Sandra (Eds.) Liquid Criminology: Doing Imaginative Criminological Research. Routledge, London and New York, pp. 188-204.

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One of the defining characteristics of criminology is its lack of a stable referent. Crime has no singular unifying or universal essence. It is a signifier of historically and culturally contingent designations of deviance. Crime and criminality are thus variably represented as labels, offences, acts, stigmas, symbols, creations of social control, legal fictions, markers of non-belonging or badges of resistance. This inherit instability of criminology’s referent is now more pronounced than ever before as the editors to this volume remind us in their introduction to Liquid Criminology. This chapter examines how the politics of criminological research has been meld-ed by the shifts in intellectual currents from deviance theories, critical, feminist and now southern criminologies. The chapter argues that choice of method for doing imaginative critical scholarship has blossomed, especially with the creation of the internet and the instantaneous global production and dissemination of knowledges. Method is now largely a practical and not a political matter, shaped only by the criminological imagination. The politics of research re-mains deeply enmeshed however in the shaping and scoping of research topics which are still seldom transparent except in reflexive research designs. What research questions attract funding, what theories shape the research framework, what is worthy of study and what is not all invariably involve some form of political calculation. The chapter concludes with some case studies of imaginative criminological research using on-line methodologies.

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ID Code: 98414
Item Type: Book Chapter
Keywords: liquid Criminology, E-methods, Criminological Imagination, Politics of Research
ISBN: 9781472455239
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > CRIMINOLOGY (160200)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > SOCIOLOGY (160800)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > OTHER STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (169900)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Crime & Justice Research Centre
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Law
Current > Schools > School of Justice
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2017 Routledge
Deposited On: 28 Aug 2016 22:56
Last Modified: 06 Sep 2016 16:12

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