Pat Carlen and Leandro Ayres França (eds): Alternative Criminologies
Some of the Dionysian tribes described by Ruth Benedict (1934) in Patterns of Culture celebrated heroism only when warriors managed to win a battle in which they deliberately put themselves in a disadvantaged position: for example, if they fought with one arm only, having tied the other behind their backs. Helped by peyote, the combatants, in fact, fought against their own limits, pursuing a psychic state that would lead to a deep religious experience. I do not know many criminologists who use peyote or mescal, nor have I met colleagues whose career is guided by numinous intent. In this pungent collection of essays edited by Pat Carlen and Leandro Ayres França, criminologists seem to belong to a similar Dionysian tribe, inhabiting a pueblo under siege and impelled to defend themselves from the onslaught of overwhelming enemies.
Alternative Criminologiescelebrates an array of diverse perspectives, focusing on cutting-edge topics while showing how creativity and sensitivity to...
- Benedict, R. (1934). Patterns of culture. New York: Houghton Mifflin.Google Scholar