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Philosophical Criminology$
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Andrew Millie

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781447323709

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: May 2017

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447323709.001.0001

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Aesthetics and crime

Aesthetics and crime

(p.51) Four Aesthetics and crime
Philosophical Criminology

Andrew Millie

Policy Press

The link between criminology and aesthetics might not be immediately apparent. People’s expectations of aesthetics are central to what is regarded as acceptable behaviour within public spaces. This chapter shows how aesthetics and expectations are central to what gets criminalised and what doesn’t. For example, which graffiti writers become celebrities and considered ‘art’ and who ends up in prison or, ideas of landscape beauty which dictates what, or who, is permitted to be in a certain place. This chapter argues that beauty is not objective but subjective based on notions of taste. Taste is essential to what is authorized and what is criminalised. Class and power plays a key role on whose tastes becomes legislated and seen as valid, and whose tastes are seen as ‘wrong’ leading to marginalisation. Ultimately, it becomes clear that aesthetics have a key role to play within criminology.

Keywords:   aesthetics, place, criminalisation, landscapes, taste, class, power

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