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Transgression, affect and performance: choreographing a politics of urban space

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Elaine Campbell



Cultural criminological scholarship has impressively theorised and explored the cultural complexities, negotiated meanings, and experiential immediacy of urban crime and its spatialising effects. Nonetheless, this important work tends to gloss over the political dynamics of spatial contestation, and assumes an urban politics which is relatively fixed and static, and is locked into a dichotomy of control and resistance. This obscures the heterogeneity of political relationalities at the interstices of crime and ‘the urban’. In this paper, I develop a more nuanced account of the transgressive, affective and performative power of crime; using an offence of ‘outraging public decency’ as a case study, I delineate some of the myriad ways in which crime continually reconfigures the political co-ordinates of ‘the urban’.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Campbell E

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: British Journal of Criminology

Year: 2013

Volume: 53

Issue: 1

Pages: 18-40

Print publication date: 09/10/2012

Date deposited: 14/07/2014

ISSN (print): 0007-0955

ISSN (electronic): 1464-3529

Publisher: Oxford University Press


DOI: 10.1093/bjc/azs055


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