Anti-Nirvana: crime, culture and instrumentalism in the age of insecurity

Simon Winlow, Steve Hall

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‘Anti-Nirvana’ explores the relationship between consumer culture, media and criminal motivations. It has appeared consistently on the list of the top-ten most-read articles in this award-winning international journal, and it mounts a serious neo-Freudian challenge to the predominant naturalistic notion of ‘resistance’ at the heart of liberal criminology and media studies. It is also cited in the Oxford Handbook of Criminology and other criminology texts as a persuasive argument in support of the theory that criminality amongst young people is strongly linked to the acquisitive values of consumerism and the images of possessive individualism that dominate mass media.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)31-48
JournalCrime Media Culture
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2005


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