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A Criminology Of Narrative Fiction

Rafe McGregor


This book answers the question of the usefulness of criminological fiction. Criminological fiction is fiction that can provide an explanation of the causes of crime or social harm and could, in consequence, contribute to the development of crime or social harm reduction policies. The book argues that criminological fiction can provide at least the following three types of criminological knowledge: (1) phenomenological, i.e. representing what certain experiences are like; (2) counterfactual, i.e. representing possible but non-existent situations; and (3) mimetic, i.e. representing everyday real ... More

Keywords: counterfactual thinking, critical realism, fiction, mimesis, narrative criminology, phenomenology

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2021 Print ISBN-13: 9781529208054
Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: September 2021 DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781529208054.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Rafe McGregor, author
Edge Hill University