Crime and the Imaginary of Disaster Post-apocalyptic fictions and the crisis of social order

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2015-05-21
  • Publisher: Palgrave Pivot
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Visions of the apocalyptic breakdown of society are commonplace in contemporary culture, and are rife with images of crime, violence, disorder, vengeance and justice. Taking post-apocalyptic fictions as its focus, this book explores the 'imaginary of disaster' that is so readily apparent in popular culture. It argues that such representations offer important insights into the social and political fears, anxieties, conflicts and fantasies that coalesce around the issues of crime, law and punishment.

Taking an innovative approach to the study of crime fictions - and drawing upon a range of inter-disciplinary scholarship spanning criminology, sociology, politics, theology, religion, history and film studies – the author offers a fresh look at just what our popular enthusiasm for stories of disaster can tell us about ourselves, and about our relationships to a rapidly-changing and seemingly chaotic social world.

Author Biography

Majid Yar is Professor of Sociology at the University of Hull, UK. He has researched and written widely across the areas of crime and media, internet crime, and criminological and social theory. His recent publications include Cybercrime and Society, 2nd edition (2013), Crime, Deviance and Doping: Fallen Sports Stars, Autobiography and the Management of Stigma (2014), and The Cultural Imaginary of the Internet: Virtual Utopias and Dystopias (2014).

Table of Contents

1. Situating the Apocalypse, Crime and Problem of Social Order

2. Law and Disorder in the Post-Apocalyptic Landscape: Social Breakdown, Sovereign Power and the State of Emergency

3. Dangerous Others: 'Race' and Crime after the Apocalypse

4. Crime, Disaster and the Crisis of the Gender Order

5. The Utopian Apocalypse: Crime, Justice and Redemption

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