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Launch of Crime, Disorder and Symbolic Violence

Posted: 27 March, 2015

Crime, Disorder and Symbolic Violence is the title of a new book by Dr. Matt Bowden launched this week at DIT Grangegorman. Dr Bowden is the current Programme Chair of the MA in Criminology which has been running in DIT since 2006.

Welcoming guests to the launch, Dr. Kevin Lalor, Head of School of Languages, Law and Social Sciences said that Matt’s work was a fine example of many years of thoughtful, reflective study that will have a major impact in the field of sociology and criminology.

Launching the book,  Professor Mary Corcoran, a fellow sociologist at Maynooth University, described it as a masterclass in the work of French anthropologist and social theorist Pierre Bourdieu with an empirical analysis of real life experiences in urban Ireland.  The study of the city, she said, is underdeveloped in Ireland as we consider ourselves to be an agrarian society.  She said that Irish sociologists are increasingly producing scholarly work that will have an impact upon shaping an urban consciousness.  Dr. Bowden’s contribution will significantly extend our knowledge in the field of urban sociology and criminology.  His book shows us how ‘symbolic violence’ is used to govern edgy parts of our cities and that it gives us an unprecedented analysis of the strategizing of the policing and justice actors to restore social order through crime control and visibility.  The book shows the craft of sociology at its best Professor Corcoran said.

Crime, Disorder and Symbolic Violence: Governing the Urban Periphery is published by Palgrave Macmillan.