This book gets to grips with a quandary which might well appear banal: why is contemporary society so fascinated with crime? Facing up to the paradoxical nature of crime and the emotions it triggers in society thus requires attempting to entrap in language the intense and contradictory reactions which the people fascinated by violence interviewed for this research struggled to externalise. It has been, as far as possible, a matter of presenting their vision in their words, considering the spoken and unspoken and also difficulties in managing the unsayable. Adopting this approach has, however, not led to theoretical interpretation being sacrificed. More precisely, as an exploration, the objective of the book was to create an elastic dynamic between conceptual analysis and empirical research, respecting what went beyond the bounds of the analysis itself, taking account, where possible, of the great many meanings short-circuits which the phenomenon studied is so replete with.
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