19-20 CR5005: Crime and Consumerism

Welcome to CR5005 Crime and Consumerism!

This option unit explores the connections between consumerism and crime alongside the rich theoretical work of Cultural Criminology. There has been a recent resurgence of interest in consumerist society and cultures within Criminology (particularly in the work of Jack Katz, Keith Hayward, Jeff Ferrell and others). This new focus is prescient: the 2011 London riots were characterised, amongst other things, by a distinctively consumerist acquisitiveness. You will be introduced to a range of texts that consider how crime and capitalism intersect, as well as considering what it means to become a ‘crime consumer’. We will look at, amongst other things, the marketing of deviance, the commodification of sexual deviance, tourism and crime, and consumerism as a motivation for crime.