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Crime, Prisons and Viscous Culture

Adventures in Criminalized Identities


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Once Upon a Time

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Finola Farrant
      Pages 3-26
    3. Finola Farrant
      Pages 49-55
  3. Criminalized Lifestyles

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 57-57
    2. Finola Farrant
      Pages 59-78
  4. Prison Experiences

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 101-101
    2. Finola Farrant
      Pages 103-124
    3. Finola Farrant
      Pages 125-145
  5. Becoming an Ex-Prisoner

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 147-147
    2. Finola Farrant
      Pages 149-166
    3. Finola Farrant
      Pages 167-187
  6. Conclusion

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 189-189
    2. Finola Farrant
      Pages 191-206
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 207-230

About this book


This unique book explores criminalized identities and the idea of 'viscous culture' to provide new understandings of crime, punishment and justice.  It shows that viscous culture encourages some of us to become outlaws, monsters or shapeshifters who challenge systems of domination and forces of control. 

Crime, Prisons and Viscous Culture interweaves analyses of popular culture with extensive empirical research to explore both the glamorous and grotesque nature of crime, control and containment. Through encounters with numerous popular and mythological archetypes the book explores the boundaries of the criminological discipline. Criminology itself is presented as  fragmented, distorted and fascinating, and the important transdisciplinary potential of criminology is highlighted. In doing so, this book will be of great interest to scholars of criminology, cultural studies, popular culture and sociological theory.


Prisons Penology Identity Storytelling Mythology Criminology gender life story methodology research methods punishment criminal justice Popular Culture

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.University of RoehamptonLondonUnited Kingdom

About the authors

Finola Farrant is a Senior Lecturer in Criminology at University of Roehampton, UK. Prior to academia she worked as a criminal justice practitioner, researcher and in policy and campaigns. Her main areas of research interest include: penology, popular culture, gender and identity, and life story methodologies.

Bibliographic information


Crime, Prisons and Viscous Culture is an “unapologetically eclectic” read that, like the shapeshifting identities it explores, defies conventional categorization.  In her careful examination of the points where crime meets popular culture in the narratives of convicted offenders, Finola Farrant takes us on a dazzling journey through myth, movies, fairytales and folklore. Erudite, ambitious, lively and continually thought-provoking, this is a rare academic work that grips your attention from beginning to end.” (Yvonne Jewkes, Research Professor in Criminology, University of Brighton, UK)