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Tytuł: The habitat of crime – Random Acts of Senseless Violence from the criminological perspective
Autorzy: Mednis, Klara
Słowa kluczowe: Jack Womack
urban ecology
New York City
alternate history
Data wydania: 2020
Data dodania: 9-cze-2020
Wydawca: The University of Bialystok
Źródło: Crossroads. A Journal of English Studies 28 (1/2020), pp. 52-66
Abstrakt: This article analyses Jack Womack’s Random Acts of Senseless Violence from the perspective of criminological research focusing on the correlation between criminality and the environment, i.e. the particular areas where either criminals reside, or where the crimes are committed. The ideas of the ecological school of criminology (the Chicago School), especially the studies by Shaw and McKay and their predecessors, and the so-called “Broken Windows” theory by Wilson and Kelling are introduced. The paper shows that the neighbourhoods depicted in Womack’s novel might be seen as models exemplifying, albeit in a rather extreme manner, the processes presented in the aforementioned theories. This article demonstrates how the link between high crime rates and the social disorganisation of communities inhabiting specific areas may provide a possible explanation for the drastic transition of the novel’s protagonist into a violent criminal.
Afiliacja: University of Warsaw
Nota biograficzna: Klara Mednis is a doctoral student in the British Literature Department of the Institute of English Studies at the University of Warsaw. Her research focuses on unreliable narrators in 20th and 21st century British and American fiction, feminist studies, contemporary retellings of Shakespeare’s plays and interdisciplinary approaches to literature involving psychology and criminology.
DOI: 10.15290/cr.2020.28.1.04
e-ISSN: 2300-6250
metadata.dc.identifier.orcid: 0000-0002-3199-1973
Typ Dokumentu: Article
Występuje w kolekcji(ach):Crossroads. A Journal of English Studies, 2020, Issue 28

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