Advances in Postmodern Social Theory and Critical Criminology: Rediscovering the "First Wave"

Bruce Arrigo, University of North Carolina, Charlotte

Postmodernist social theory has established itself as a viable intellectual tradition by which to examine varied and complex social phenomena. This is particularly the case within the domain of law, crime, and justice studies. This paper examines the origins of French postmodernist thought, mindful of important insights developed by those key figures who helped make possible new directions in law-society and criminological research. Along these lines, I review the contributions of Lanca, Foucault, Irigaray, Deleuze & Guattari, Barthes, Lyotard, Kristeva, and Baudrillard. I suggest where and how their respective ideas are suggestive for the future of critical criminology.

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