Pub. date: 2010 | Online Pub. Date: November 23, 2010 | DOI: 10.4135/9781412959193 | Print ISBN: 9781412959186 | Online ISBN: 9781412959193| Publisher:SAGE Publications, Inc.About this encyclopedia
Taylor, Ian, Paul Walton, and Jock Young: The New Criminology
J. Robert Lilly
The New Criminology is the magical Alice in Wonderland rabbit hole through which most contemporary critical and radical criminologists fell on their way to whatever approach to studying crime and society they now pursue. It is also one of criminology's contemporary classics, as well as a dependable fountain of ideas for new theoretical paths and methodological challenges. Assessing its long-term impact on criminology—more than 36 years since its publication—can be accomplished by starting with how it was received at birth and ending with an overview of what it has spawned. This plan necessitates a summary of what its authors—Ian Taylor, Paul Walton, and Jock Young—claimed they wanted to do. After 2.5 years of writing that expanded the American social reaction theorists’ emphasis on the activities of rule-creators and rule-enforcers in the criminal process, they concluded that much of criminological theory had become insulated and isolated from sociological theory—so much so ...