Criminology and consumerism

Simon Winlow, Steve Hall

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For too long criminologists have either ignored consumerism or misunderstood the role it plays in the constitution and reproduction of our current way of life. Few in criminology have acknowledged that consumerism is now integral to our global political economy, and even fewer have offered critical accounts of the vital functional and ideological roles consumerism has played throughout the history of capitalism. There is, of course, a valuable literature that covers most aspects of consumerism and consumer culture, but the illuminating concepts and analyses associated with this literature have yet to be integrated into our discipline. Here we argue that criminologists must now make a concerted attempt to push critical accounts of consumerism towards the centre of our discipline.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAlternative Criminologies
EditorsPat Carlen
PublisherTaylor & Francis
ISBN (Electronic)9781315158662
ISBN (Print)9781138067424
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2017


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