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‘All knowledge begins with the senses’ : Toward a sensory criminology

McClanahan, Bill and South, Nigel (2020) '‘All knowledge begins with the senses’ : Toward a sensory criminology.' British Journal of Criminology, 60 (1). 3 - 23. ISSN 0007-0955

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Visual criminology has established itself as a site of criminological innovation. Its ascendance, though, highlights ways in which the ‘ocularcentrism’ of the social sciences is reproduced in criminology. We respond, arguing for attention to the totality of sensorial modalities. Outlining the possible contours of a criminology concerned with smell, taste, sound, and touch—along with the visual—the paper describes moments in which the sensory intersects with various phenomena of crime, harm, justice, and power. Noting the primacy of the sensorial in understanding environmental harm, we describe an explicitly sensory green criminology while also suggesting the ways that heightened criminological attention to the nonvisual senses might uncover new sites and modes of knowledge and a more richly affective criminology.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences > Sociology, Department of
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 04 Jul 2019 10:29
Last Modified: 06 Aug 2021 01:00

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