The book critiques existing psychological and sociological theories before outlining a more adequate understanding of the criminal offender. It sheds new light on a series of crimes—rape, serial murder, racial harassment, ‘jack-rolling’ (mugging of drunks), domestic violence—and contemporary criminological issues such as fear of crime, cognitive-behavioral interventions and restorative justice. Authors David Gadd and Tony Jefferson bring together theories about identity, subjectivity, and gender to provide the first comprehensive account of their psychoanalytically inspired approach. For each topic, the theoretical perspective is supported by individual case studies, which are designed to facilitate the understanding of theory and to demonstrate its application to a variety of criminological topics.

Re-Reading ‘the Jack-Roller’ as a Defended Subject

Re-Reading ‘the Jack-Roller’ as a Defended Subject

Re-reading ‘the Jack-Roller’ as a defended subject

The Jack-Roller (Shaw, 1930) is widely regarded as a criminological classic. First published in 1930, it was republished as a paperback in 1966, ‘an edition that had sold over 23,000 copies by the 1980s’, according to Snodgrass (1982a: 3) who went on to conduct a follow-up study, The Jack-Roller at Seventy. Why all the interest in a book centred on ‘a delinquent boy's own story’, that of ‘Stanley’, the ‘jack-roller’ (someone who robs drunks) of the book's title? Who was he and what can this single case contribute to an understanding of criminal offending? The fact is that, despite the books by Shaw and by Snodgrass and numerous articles addressing the topic, ...

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