2010 | XXXII | 5-22
Article title

Kryminologia kulturowa. Wprowadzenie do koncepcji

Title variants
Cultural criminology. An introduction to the concept
Languages of publication
Cultural criminology which emerged in the 1990s, based on new criminology of Taylor, Walton, Young, and the achievements of National Defiance Conference and British studies of subcultures, can be regarded as part of the critical approach to the phenomenon of crime. Since it first appeared, cultural criminology has tried to adjust the point of view on crime by engaging various perspectives. By principle, cultural criminology is supposed to challenge conventional criminology and provide a distinguishable alternative. Its distinctive features are emphasis on cultural components (i.e. style, symbols, meanings, emotions and media information) in investigating the phenomenon of crime and use of postmodernist interpretation in the analyses. Cultural criminology, by placing crime and crime control in the context of culture and regarding them as cultural products, focuses on the way in which social actors – all potential participants to the phenomenon of crime, i.e. offenders, victims, organs of social control, journalists and reporters – construe meaning and attribute it to delinquency, act of crime and each other. One of the key problems of cultural criminology is critical reflection on the postmodern world, that is a world in constant flux, marked with the processes of marginalisation and social exclusion but also ambiguous potential of creativity, transcendence, and transgression. In a series of conceptions, one can find references to such symptoms of postmodernism like, on one hand, consumerism fuelled by the media, imperative of expressiveness and ever increasing significance of personal development, on the other hand decreasing job security and family ties stability, pluralism of values enhanced by migration and global conflicts. What results from the clash of these opposite forces is increasing loss of sense of security of the a modern man and in collective categories, loss of public confidence. The vision of society assumed by cultural criminology is a society based on conflict, and all explanations of subcultures must include current relations of power and patterns of social inequality. At the same time, accepting M. Weber’s statement that culture is a network of meanings which are continuously created by a man and in which a man is suspended, it is postulated to seek these meanings by interpretation. Such assumptions concerning culture and means of its examination, along with the conflict-based vision of society, puts cultural criminology at the charge of combining various methods of explanation assumed by social sciences. In ethnographic studies in the area of cultural criminology the pursue of meaning by thorough exploration of cultural practices is reserved only for deviant subcultures. The world of social control is labelled with terms in line with conflict orientations in criminology.
Physical description
  • I. Taylor, P. Walton, J. Young, The New Criminology. For a Social Theory of Deviance, London 1973
  • J. Young, Breaking Windows: Situating The New Criminology, [w:] P. Walton, J. Young, The New Criminology Revisited, Basingstoke: Macmillan, 1997
  • L. Falandysz, W kręgu kryminologii radykalnej, Warszawa 1986
  • J. Błachut, A. Gaberle, K. Krajewski, Kryminologia, Gdańsk 2007
  • J. Ferrell, K. Hayward, J. Young, Cultural Criminology: An Invitation, London 2008
  • M. O’Brien, What is ‘Cultural’ about Cultural Criminology, „British Journal of Criminology”, 45/2005
  • M. O’Brien, What is ‘Cultural’ about Cultural Criminology, „British Journal of Criminology”, 45/2005
  • H. S. Becker, Outsiderzy. Studia z socjologii dewiacji, Warszawa 2009
  • E. Lemert, Human Deviance, Social Problems and Social Control, Englewood Cliffs 1967
  • A. Siemaszko, Granice tolerancji. O koncepcjach zachowań dewiacyjnych
  • J. Ferrell, Cultural Criminology, „Annual Review of Sociology” vol. 25
  • J. Ferrell, C. R. Sanders, Cultural Criminology, Boston 1995
  • J. Ferrell, K. Hayward, J. Young, Cultural Criminology: An Invitation, London: Sage 2008
  • M. Presdee, The Story of Crime: Biography and the Excavation of Transgression, [w:] J. Ferrell, K. Hayward, W. Morrison, M. Presdee, Cultural Criminology Unleashed, London 2004
  • Z. Bauman, Culture as Praxis, London 1973
  • J. Kozielecki, Transgresja i kultura, Wydawnictwo Akademickie Żak, Warszawa 1997
  • C. Geertz, The interpretation of cultures, New York 1973
  • K. J. Hayward, J. Young, Cultural Criminology: Some Notes on the Script, „Theoretical Criminology” 8/3, 2004
  • J. Ferrell, Crimes of Style: Urban Graffi ti and the Politics of Criminality, Boston 1993
  • M. Fajst, M. Płatek (red.), W kręgu kryminologii romantycznej. Konferencja zorganizowana w pierwszą rocznicę śmierci prof. Lecha Falandysza, Warszawa 2004
  • A. Siemaszko, Granice tolerancji, Warszawa 1993
  • S. Lyng, Edgework: A Social Psychological Analysis of Voluntary Risk Taking, „American Journal of Sociology” 95(4)
  • J. Ferrell, Crimes of Style: Urban Graffi ti and the Politics of Criminality, Boston 1993
  • M. Presdee, Cultural Criminology and the Carnival of Crime, London 2000
  • M. Rotenberg, Self-Labeling: A Missing Link in the Societal Reaction Theory of Deviance, „American Sociological Review” 1974, vol. 22
  • Young, Voodoo Criminology and the Numbers Game, [w:] J. Ferrell, K. Hayward, M. Presdee, Cultural Criminology Unleashed, London 2004
  • K. Hayward, The vilifi cation and pleasures of youthful transgression, [w:] J. Muncie, G. Hughes, E. McLaughlin, Youth Justice. Critical Readings, London 2002
  • J. Ferrell, Cultural Criminology, [w:] J. Mitchell Miller, 21-st Century Criminology: A Reference Handbook, Tom I, London 2009
  • J. Young, Constructing the Paradigm of Violence: Mass Media, Violence and Youth, dostępny:
  • H. J. Schneider, Przyczyny przestępczości. Nowe aspekty międzynarodowej dyskusji o teoriach kryminologicznych, „Archiwum Kryminologii”, tom XXIII–XXIV, Warszawa 1997–1998
Document Type
Publication order reference
YADDA identifier
JavaScript is turned off in your web browser. Turn it on to take full advantage of this site, then refresh the page.