‘There’s a chance for adventure…’: Exploring excitement as an existential attraction of violent extremism

Lakhani, Suraj and Hardie-Bick, James (2020) ‘There’s a chance for adventure…’: Exploring excitement as an existential attraction of violent extremism. In: Polizzi, David (ed.) Jack Katz: seduction, the streets and emotion. Emerald, Yorkshire. ISBN 9781787560734

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Jack Katz: Seductions, the Street and Emotion is comprised of six chapters from recognized authors in the field, who take up this important theorist’s work from a variety of perspectives. The text begins with Keith Hayward's interview with Katz in which he describes the personal and professional development of his ideas, work, and personal growth as a researcher. The subsequent chapters in this collection take up various aspects of Katz's work and discuss its current relevance to the discipline of criminology. Contributors Baggaley and Shon critically re-examine certain aspects of Katz's work initially discussed in his seminal offering, Seductions of Crime; while King and Maruna explore the unrecognized relevance of Katz's contributions, which they see almost as a bridge between academic criminology and the public. The final three chapters of this collection focus on current examples of violent extremism that has become all too normalized within the current contemporary landscape. Kaplan explores the journey of the doomed antihero, which leads to violence and self-destruction. Polizzi explores the relationship of violent domestic extreme from the phenomenology of righteous slaughter offered by Katz in Seductions of Crime, and Lakhani and Hardie-Bick discuss the ways in which excitement becomes a central motivating feature within the phenomenology of violent extremism. This book is a timely re-introduction to the work and life of one of criminology's more respected theorists, Jack Katz, to the next generation of thinkers in this field. For nearly 40 years, his work has offered an alternative philosophical perspective to study crime and criminal behavior that is not defined by quantitative method or approach.

Item Type: Book Section
Schools and Departments: School of Law, Politics and Sociology > Sociology
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Depositing User: Suraj Lakhani
Date Deposited: 03 Feb 2020 13:45
Last Modified: 01 Jul 2020 11:54
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/89699
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