Synopses & Reviews
Should criminologists take evil seriously as a cause or explanation of crime, criminality, deviance and/or social control? This book seeks to answer this question by exploring a range of interdisciplinary approaches to evil from theology, philosophy, literary and cultural studies and anthropology to social psychology, political theory, law, radical feminism and criminology.
Through applying and adapting theories and concepts from interdisciplinary sources for the purpose of criminological inquiry, Dearey presents an argument for why criminologists should begin to take this vexatious and highly controversial concept much more seriously in the development of future criminological theory and as a way to be more participative and engaged in public debates about crime.
From racism and police brutality in the Rodney King beating to sexual deviancy in Fifty Shades of Grey, Dearey asks: what can the study of evil teach us about ourselves, society and reality?
About the Author
Melissa Dearey is a Lecturer in Criminology at the University of Hull, UK. Her teaching and research interests focus on interdisciplinary theories of crime, deviance and evil, green criminology and competing public and academic explanations of crime.
Table of Contents
1. Theodicy: Understanding the Problem of Evil
2. Enter the Evil Genius: Encountering Metaphysical Evil
3. Radical Freedom, Radical Evil? Kant's Theory of Evil and the Failure of Theodicy
4. Telling Evil Stories: Understanding Cultural Narratives and Symbols of Evil in the Phenomenological Hermeneutics of Paul Ricoeur
5. 'Something to be scared of' - Evil, the Feminine and Psychoanalytic Theory
6. Evil and Literature: Love and Liberation
7. Doing Evil: Crime, Compulsion, Seduction from the Standpoint of Social Psychology and Anthropology
8. The Banality of Evil: Genocide, Slavery, Holocaust, War
9. The Axis of Evil - the War on Terror, the 'Enemy Within' and the Politics of Evil and the State
10. Book Summary and Touching the Void or Looking Through a Glass Darkly? Evil and Criminology