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Critical Criminology at the Edge: Postmodern Perspectives, Integration, and Applications

Dragan Milovanovic
ISBN: 978-1-881798-48-4
2003/292 pages
A CriminalJusticePress Project
"Embodies the most recent, and most exciting, ideas in scholarly research in this field.... It makes real to us the possibility of a wholly new way of thinking about crime, law, and social justice."—Glenna L. Simons, Contemporary Sociology

"Represents the next generation of postmodern texts that thoughtfully, insightfully, and elegantly describes how we can theorize the possible.... Regardless of one’s criminological viewpoint, this book will challenge the reader deeply and directly."—Bruce Arrigo, Critical Criminology


Dragan Milovanovic introduces the reader to four perspectives in mostmodern analysis: discourse analysis (Lacan), chaos theory, catastrophe theory, and edgework. He then applies these perspectives to issues in criminology, law, and social justice.


Dragan Milovanovic is professor of criminal justice at Northeastern Illinois University. He is a recipient of the Distinguished Achievement Award of the American Society of Criminology’s Division on Critical Criminology.


  • Introduction.
  • Emerging Perspectives in Critical Analyses in Law, Criminology, and Social Justice.
  • Discourse Analysis: Lacan and Psychoanalytic Semiotics.
  • Chaos Theory: Dynamics System Theory.
  • Catastrophe Theory: Folds, Cusps, Jumps, and Singularities.
  • Edgework: Boundaries, Edges, Excitement, and Visceral Experiences.
  • Integration, Syntheses, and Applications in Critical Criminology, Law, and Social Justice.
  • Psychoanalytic Semiotics and Its Applications: Freud, Lacan, Metaphor, and Metonymy in Criminology.
  • The Literal, Cinematic, and Trial Court Text: "Reality" TV Policing, Detective Fiction, Trials, and the Spoken Subject.
  • Psychoanalytic Semiotics, Chaos, and Rebellious Lawyering.
  • Catastrophe Theory in Criminology and Social Justice: Peacemaking Criminology.
  • Edgework, Monism, and Constructive Criminology: Toward an Integrated Topography.
  • Conclusion.