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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

February 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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Chapter One

Chapter Nine

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