Bourdieu’s Five Lessons for Criminology

In this article Victor Shammas offer five lessons for a science of crime and punishment based on Pierre Bourdieu’s works.



Drawing on a close reading of Pierre Bourdieu’s works, I offer five lessons for a science of crime and punishment: (1) always historicize; (2) dissect symbolic categories; (3) produce embodied accounts; (4) avoid state thought; and (5) embrace commitment.

I offer illustrative examples and demonstrate the practical implications of Bourdieu’s ideas, and I apply the lessons to a critique of orthodox criminology.

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Published Nov. 29, 2017 3:15 PM - Last modified Oct. 26, 2018 11:46 AM