Revitalizing Criminological Theory: Towards a New Ultra-Realism

Stephen Hall, Simon Winlow

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    This book provides a short, comprehensive and accessible introduction to Ultra-Realism: a unique and radical school of criminological thought that has been developed by the authors over a number of years. After first outlining existing schools of thought, their major intellectual flaws and their underlying politics in a condensed guide that will be invaluable to all undergraduate and postgraduate students, Hall and Winlow introduce a number of important new concepts to criminology and suggest a new philosophical foundation, theoretical framework and research programme. These developments will enhance the discipline’s ability to explain human motivations, construct insightful representations of reality and answer the fundamental question of why some human beings risk inflicting harm on others to further their own interests or achieve various ends.

    Combining new philosophical and psychosocial approaches with a clear understanding of the shape of contemporary global crime, this book presents an intellectual alternative to the currently dominant paradigms of conservatism, neoclassicism and left-liberalism. In using an advanced conception of "harm", Hall and Winlow provide original explanations of criminal motivations and make the first steps towards a paradigm shift that will help criminology to illuminate the reality of our times.
    Original languageEnglish
    Number of pages166
    ISBN (Print)9780415744355
    Publication statusPublished - 28 May 2015

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    This is an Accepted Manuscript of a book chapter published by Routledge in Revitalizing Criminological Theory: Towards a New Ultra-Realism on 28 May 2015, available online:


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