The Vertigo of Late Modernity

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SAGE, 16.02.2007 - 231 Seiten
′Immersing himself in the whirling uncertainty of late modernity, confronting its odd deformities of essentialism and exclusion, Jock Young has produced a comprehensive account of contemporary trouble, anxiety, and transgression. If this is criminology-and it′s surely criminology of the best sort-it is a criminology able to account not just for crime and inequality, but for the cultural and the economic, for the existential and the ontological as well. Perhaps most importantly, it is a criminology designed to discover in these intersecting social dynamics real possibilities for critique, hope, and human transformation. Jock Young′s The Vertigo of Late Modernity is a work of sweeping-dare I say, dizzying-intellect and imagination.′

- Professor Jeff Ferrell, Texas Christian University, USA, and University of Kent, UK

′This is precisely what readers would expect from the author of two instant classics: a book that is bound to become the third. As is his habit, Jock Young launches a frontal attack on the ′commonsense′ of social studies and its tacit assumptions - as common as they are misleading. Futility of the ′inclusion vs exclusion′, ′contented vs insecure′, or indeed ′normal vs deviant′ oppositions in the globalised and mediatized world is exposed and the subtle yet thorough interpenetration of cultures and porosity of boundaries demonstrated beyond reasonable doubt. The newly coined analytical categories, like chaos of rewards and chaos of identity, existential vertigo, bulimic society or conservative vs liberal modes of othering are bound to become an indispensable part of social scientific vernacular - and let′s hope that they will, for the sanity and relevance of the social sciences′ sake′

- Zygmunt Bauman, Emeritus Professor of Sociology, University of Leeds

′Jock Young is one of the great figures in the history of criminology. In this book he prises open paradoxes of identity in late modernity. We experience an emphasis on individualism in an era when shallow soil forms a foundation for self-development. Young deftly analyses shifts in conditions of work and consumption and the insecurities they engender. This is a perceptive reformulation of job, family and community in late modernity′

- Professor John Braithwaite, Australian National University

The Vertigo of Late Modernity is a seminal new work by Jock Young, author of the bestselling and highly influential book, The Exclusive Society.

In his new work Young describes the sources of late modern vertigo as twofold: insecurities of status and of economic position. He explores the notion of an underclass and its detachment from the class structure. The book engages with the ways in which modern society attempts to explain deviant behaviour - whether it be crime, terrorism or riots - in terms of motivations and desires separate and distinct from those of the ′normal′. Young critiques the process of othering whether of a liberal or conservative variety, and develops a theory of ′vertigo′ to characterise a late modern world filled with inequality and division. He points toward a transformative politics which tackle problems of economic injustice and build and cherish a society of genuine diversity.

This major new work engages with some of the most important issues facing society today. The Vertigo of Late Modernity is essential reading for academics and advanced students in the areas of criminology, sociology, cultural studies, anthropology and the social sciences more broadly.

 

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Crossing the Borderline
1
The disembededness of everyday life
3
The genesis of othering
5
The attractions of hiatus
7
The vertigo of late modernity
11
Turbocharged capitalism
14
Blurring the Binary Vision
17
Blurring the boundaries
21
beyond the weak thesis
124
Social and political exclusion
126
Crossing the border to these wet and windy shores
130
The social construction of the immigrant
131
To these wet and windy shores
133
Two modes of entry
137
the riots of 1981
139
Crime immigration and the demonisation of the other
140

not exclusion but inclusionexclusion
23
against the dual city thesis
25
The functional underclass
28
The boundaries of bulimia
30
The precariousness of inclusion
34
The focus on the underclass
36
Crime and the narrowing of differences
37
Globalisation and the generation of domestic and global discontent
38
The sociology of vindictiveness and the criminology of transgression
41
Fear of falling
44
The change in the focus of reward
45
Towards a criminology of transgression
46
The rise of celebrity
49
Humiliation and rebellion
51
The satisfactions of transgression
53
The humiliation of exclusion
55
Edgework ontological certainty and utopia
56
From turf war to real war
57
Hip hop across the borders
58
Chaos and the coordinates of order
59
Class and identity in the twentyfirst century
60
The undermining of the meritocracy
64
Changes in the perceived class structure
65
The shift to identity politics
68
Antecedents of the cultural shift
71
The war against the poor
73
The metahumiliation of poverty
76
The decline of work and the invisible servant
78
the US experiment
81
Redemption through labour
82
Including the excluded
85
from relief to irresponsibility
86
Early morning in Harlem
87
The invisible worker
91
The invisible servant
92
Entering the zone of humiliation
95
Service as a feudal relationship
96
The invisible poor in a classless society
98
Guilt and middleclass solipsism
99
Social inclusion and redemption through labour
100
new inclusionism
104
not the solution but the problem
106
The will to win
107
New Labours obsessional neurosis
110
The moral panic over teenage pregnancy
112
Rationality and the middle classes
118
The errors of inclusion
119
The roots of othering
141
the irony of assimilation
143
The riots in Bradford Oldham and Burnley
144
the riots in France 2005
147
Terrorism and antiterrorism terrorism the banality of evil
149
Proxy wars and the defeat of the Soviet Union
151
Occidentalism
152
The House of Bush and the House of Saud
154
Symmetry and differences
157
The sanitisation of evil
158
The logic of the West
159
The photographs from Abu Grahib
160
Love was all they had to set against them
161
The London bombing and the banality of evil
162
The dialectics of othering and the problem of evil
164
The othering of the otherer
165
The summoning up of violence
166
Violence and the metaphor of war
168
on the D train to Manhattan
173
Elsewhere in a Brooklyn deli
174
The Exclusive community
175
The organic community
176
at holy cross school
179
The turn to the dark side
180
The fallacy of privileging community
181
elsewhere in the east end
183
guiding narratives for a shifting world
184
The Cronus effect and broken narratives
185
rise of the virtual
187
Elsewhere in an elevator John Jay College October 2004
188
From generalised other to generalised elsewhere
189
From community to public sphere
192
The community in late modern times
194
Roads to elsewhere
197
Affirmative and transformative inclusion
198
The politics of redistribution
199
Towards a new politics of inclusion
201
The politics of deconstruction
202
Othering and community
203
The banishment of unreason
204
Rationality the new media and the public sphere
206
The porous community
209
Hyperpluralism and the elusive other
210
Towards a politics of diversity
212
Bibliography
214
Index
225
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Über den Autor (2007)

Jock Young, one of the foremost criminologists of our time, is Professor of Sociology and Head of the Centre for Criminology at Middlesex University. His work and theories have had a significant influence on the shape of criminology, sociology and politics.

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