Ghost Criminology: The Afterlife of Crime and Punishment

Fiddler, M; Kindynis, T and Linnemann, T, eds. 2022. Ghost Criminology: The Afterlife of Crime and Punishment. New York: NYU Press. ISBN 9781479885725 [Edited Book]

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The haunting effects of crime, violence, and death in our history, memory, and media spaces

From Abu Ghraib and Holocaust death camps to Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School and slave plantations, spaces where violent crimes have occurred can often become forever changed, or “haunted,” in the public imagination. In this volume, Michael Fiddler, Travis Linnemann, and Theo Kindynis bring together an interdisciplinary group of distinguished scholars to study this phenomenon, exploring the origins, theory, and methodology of ghost criminology.

Featuring Jeff Ferrell, Michelle Brown, Eamon Carrabine, and other prominent scholars, Ghost Criminology takes us inside spaces where the worst crimes have imprinted themselves on our history, memory, and media spaces. Contributors explore a wide range of these hauntological topics from a criminological perspective, including the excavation of graffiti in the London underground, the phantom of Robert E. Lee in Charlottesville, VA, during the 2017 riots, and the ghostly evidentiary traces of crime in motel rooms.

Ultimately, Fiddler, Kindynis, and Linnemann offer ghost criminology as another way of seeing, and better understanding, the lingering impact of violence, oppression, and history in today’s world. Ghost Criminology curates cutting-edge research to break exciting new terrain.

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Edited Book


cultural criminology, hauntology, spectrality,

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January 2022

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16 Nov 2021 16:19

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14 Feb 2022 11:19


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