Fad, Fiction or Fantasy: Facing the Challenges to Postmodernism in Criminology

Stuart Henry, Wayne State University

ABSTRACT
Postmodernism across various disciplines has been subject to charges that it is all about nothing, a fictional prose shared between a dying minority of esoteric cynics of modernism. The view is that now that this latest turn of the skeptical screw has been exposed as a dead end we can move back to dealing with reality and rationality. However, in criminology constitutive criminology, a position informed by the postmodernist critique, has taken hold, at least among a diversity of critical scholars. In this paper I review the criticisms of postmodernism in criminology and respond to their various challenges.

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