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Jack Katz: Seduction, the Street and Emotion

David Polizzi
Indiana State University, USA

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24 Jun 2020
Emerald Publishing Limited
168 pages - 152 x 229mm
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.
Chapter 1. Introduction; David Polizzi 
Chapter 2. Start Here: An Informal Conversation with Jack Katz; Keith Hayward and Jack Katz
Chapter 3. “It is the Sensual, Stupid”: Katz and the Futures of Criminology; Anna King and Shadd Maruna 
Chapter 4. The Negative Character of Killing in Narratives of Soldiers and Police; Katherine Baggaley and Philip Shon
Chapter 5. Righteous Slaughter and the Phenomenology of the Assailed Self; David Polizzi 
Chapter 6. Doomed Antiheroes: Intimate Killers and Home-Grown Jihadis; Paul Kaplan
Chapter 7. “There’s a Chance for Adventure...”: Exploring Excitement as an Existential Attraction of Violent Extremism; Suraj Lakhani and James Hardie-Bick

David Polizzi is currently a Professor in the School of Criminology and Security Studies at Indiana State University and Editor of the e-publication the Journal of Theoretical and Philosophical Criminology (jtpcrim.org). He has published, Solitary Confinement: Lived Experience & Ethical Implications (2017) and The Philosophy of the Social Construction of Crime (2016) and co-authored the text Forensic Psychology Reconsidered: A Critique of Mental Illness and the Courts (2016) along with a variety of journal articles and book chapters. He is currently working on a manuscript focused on the phenomenology of terrorism. 

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