In this chapter, the author argues that an antidote to the partial paralysis pervading the study of harm might be found in developing a more integrated approach between criminology and zemiology. Towards this end, the chapter outlines the emergent paradigm of ultra-realism and introduces it as a mediating third. In doing so, a number of salient obstacles that have hitherto served to problematise research on harm are discussed. With a view towards the potential implications for a less harmful society, the chapter considers the politics of harm and argues for the abandonment of reformist critique in favour of a return to depth critique. Finally, the chapter concludes on the potential of researching harm from an ultra-realist perspective.
|Title of host publication||The Palgrave Handbook of Social Harm|
|Editors||Pamela Davies, Paul Leighton, Tanya Wyatt|
|Place of Publication||Cham|
|Publisher||Palgrave Macmillan Ltd.|
|Publication status||Published - 9 Sep 2021|