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The Vertigo of Late Modernity

The Vertigo of Late Modernity

  • Jock Young - John Jay College of Criminal Justice, City University of New York and University of Kent

January 2007 | 240 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
'Immersing himself in the whirling uncertainty of late modernity, confronting its odd deformities of essentialism and exclusion, Jock Young has produced a comprehensive account of contemporary trouble, anxiety, and transgression. If this is criminology-and it's surely criminology of the best sort-it is a criminology able to account not just for crime and inequality, but for the cultural and the economic, for the existential and the ontological as well. Perhaps most importantly, it is a criminology designed to discover in these intersecting social dynamics real possibilities for critique, hope, and human transformation. Jock Young's The Vertigo of Late Modernity is a work of sweeping-dare I say, dizzying-intellect and imagination.'

- Professor Jeff Ferrell, Texas Christian University, USA, and University of Kent, UK

'This is precisely what readers would expect from the author of two instant classics: a book that is bound to become the third. As is his habit, Jock Young launches a frontal attack on the 'commonsense' of social studies and its tacit assumptions - as common as they are misleading. Futility of the 'inclusion vs exclusion', 'contented vs insecure', or indeed 'normal vs deviant' oppositions in the globalised and mediatized world is exposed and the subtle yet thorough interpenetration of cultures and porosity of boundaries demonstrated beyond reasonable doubt. The newly coined analytical categories, like chaos of rewards and chaos of identity, existential vertigo, bulimic society or conservative vs liberal modes of othering are bound to become an indispensable part of social scientific vernacular - and let's hope that they will, for the sanity and relevance of the social sciences' sake'

- Zygmunt Bauman, Emeritus Professor of Sociology, University of Leeds

'Jock Young is one of the great figures in the history of criminology. In this book he prises open paradoxes of identity in late modernity. We experience an emphasis on individualism in an era when shallow soil forms a foundation for self-development. Young deftly analyses shifts in conditions of work and consumption and the insecurities they engender. This is a perceptive reformulation of job, family and community in late modernity'

- Professor John Braithwaite, Australian National University

The Vertigo of Late Modernity is a seminal new work by Jock Young, author of the bestselling and highly influential book, The Exclusive Society.

In his new work Young describes the sources of late modern vertigo as twofold: insecurities of status and of economic position. He explores the notion of an underclass and its detachment from the class structure. The book engages with the ways in which modern society attempts to explain deviant behaviour - whether it be crime, terrorism or riots - in terms of motivations and desires separate and distinct from those of the 'normal'. Young critiques the process of othering whether of a liberal or conservative variety, and develops a theory of 'vertigo' to characterise a late modern world filled with inequality and division. He points toward a transformative politics which tackle problems of economic injustice and build and cherish a society of genuine diversity.

This major new work engages with some of the most important issues facing society today. The Vertigo of Late Modernity is essential reading for academics and advanced students in the areas of criminology, sociology, cultural studies, anthropology and the social sciences more broadly.

Crossing the Borderline
The Disembededness of Everyday Life  
The Genesis of Othering  
The Attractions of Hiatus  
The Vertigo of Late Modernity  
Turbo-Charged Capitalism  
Blurring the Binary Vision
Bulimia: Not Exclusion But Inclusion/Exclusion  
Crossing the Borderline: Against the Dual City Thesis  
The Functional Underclass  
The Boundaries of Bulimia  
The Precariousness of Inclusion  
The Crime and the Narrowing of Differences  
The Focus Upon the Underclass  
Globalisation and the Generation of Domestic and Global Discontent  
The Sociology of Vindictiveness and the Criminology of Transgression
Fear of Falling  
The Change in the Focus of Reward  
Towards a Criminology of Transgression  
Humiliation and Rebellion  
The Satisfactions of Transgression  
The Humiliation of Exclusion  
Edgework, Ontological Security and Utopia  
From Turf War to Real War  
Hip Hop Across the Borders  
Chaos and the Coordinates of Order
Chaos and Identity in the Twenty First Century  
The Undermining of the Meritocracy  
Changes in the Perceived Class Structure  
The Shift to Identity Politics  
Antecedents of the Cultural Shift  
The War Against the Poor  
The Meta-Humiliation of Poverty  
The Decline of Work and The Invisible Servant
The Declining Centrality of Work?  
Getting the Poor to Work: The US Experiment  
Redemption Through Labour  
Including the Excluded  
Welfare: From Relief to Irresponsibility  
Early Morning in Harlem  
The Invisible Worker  
The Invisible Servant  
Entering the Zone of Humiliation  
Service as a Feudal Relationship  
The Invisible Poor in a Classless Society  
Guilt and Middle Class Solipsism  
Social Inclusion and Redemption through Labour
New Labour: New Inclusionism  
The Welfare State: Not the Solution but the Problem  
The Will to Win  
Many's a Slip Twixt Cup and Lip: New Labour's Obsessional Neurosis  
The Moral Panic Over Teenage Pregnancy  
Rationality and the Middle Classes  
From Structure to Agency: Beyond the Weak Thesis  
Social and Political Exclusion  
Crossing the Border: To These Wet and Windy Shores
The Social Construction of the Immigrant  
To These Wet and Windy Shores  
Two Modes of Entry  
Over Twenty Years Ago: The Riots of 1981  
Crime and the Demonisation of the Other  
The Roots of Othering  
The Final Phase: The Irony of Assimilation  
The Roots of the Disturbances  
The Riots in Bradford, Burnley and Oldham  
Postscript: The Riots in France 2005  
Terrorism and Anti-Terrorism Terrorism: The Banality of Evil
Proxy Wars and the Defeat of the Soviet Union  
The House of Bush and the House of Saudi  
The Two Contradictions: Inside and Outside the First World  
Symmetry and Differences  
The Beatification of Evil  
The Logic of the West  
The Photographs from Abu Grahib  
Love Was All They Had to Set Against Them  
The London Bombing and the Banality of Evil  
The Dialectics of Othering and the Problem of Evil  
The Generation of Anger and the Frustration of Normality  
The Othering of the Otherer  
The Summoning Up of Violence  
Violence and the Metaphor of War  
Elsewhere: On the D Train to Manhattan  
Urban Somnambulism: Elsewhere in a Brooklyn Deli  
The Exclusive Community
The Organic Community  
Othering in the Ardoyne: The Holy Cross School  
The Fallacy of Privileging Community  
Enter Virtual Reality: Elsewhere in the East End  
Stars, Celebrities: Guiding Narratives for a Shifting World  
The Cronus Effect and Broken Narratives  
The Deterritorialisation of Community and the Rise of the Virtual  
Elsewhere in an Elevator: John Jay College, October 2004  
The Rise of Multi-Media and the Uninvited Guest  
From Generalised Other to Generalised Elsewhere  
From Community to Public Sphere  
The Community in Late Modern Times  
Conclusion: Roads to Elsewhere
Affirmative and Transformative Inclusion  
The Politics of Redistribution  
Towards a New Politics of Inclusion  
The Politics of Deconstruction  
Othering and Community  
The Banishment of Unreason  
Rationality, the New Media and the Public Sphere  
The Porous Community  
Hyperpluralism and the Elusive Other  
Towards a Politics of Diversity  

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