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Legacy of Distinguished Professor Jock Young Bolstered by Leading Journals

Legacy of Distinguished Professor Jock Young Bolstered by Leading Journals

Legacy of Distinguished Professor Jock Young Bolstered by Leading Journals

The far-reaching pedagogical, theoretical and personal legacy of the late Distinguished Professor Jock Young lives on, with no fewer than four top-tier academic journals having dedicated special issues to the acknowledged Father of Critical Criminology.

Young, who died in November 2013, is hailed in the May 2015 issue of the journal Critical Criminology in the article “Opening Up the Imagination: On Being Mentored by Jock Young,” by Albert de la Tierra, a CUNY doctoral student in Sociology. The special issue also includes the articles “Remembering Jock Young: Some Sociological and Personal Reflections”; “Jock Young and the Development of Left Realist Criminology”; and “Jock Young, Left Realism and Critical Criminology.” Click here to read the articles.

In the December 2014 issue of Crime Media Culture, Young’s longtime John Jay colleague Professor David Brotherton offers a moving and thought-provoking tribute titled “Jock Young and the Criminological Imagination as a Life Force.” The issue also includes “Never Boring: Jock Young as Cultural Criminologist”; “Just Criminology: The Legacy of Jock Young”; “Cultural Realism”; and “Confessions of a Recovering ‘Administrative Criminologist’: Jock Young, Quantitative Research and Policy Research.” Click here to view the issue.

The journal Theoretical Criminology devoted a special section of its November 2014 issue to the tribute “In Intellectual Honor of Jock Young,” highlighted by the article “Jock Young  and Social Bulimia: Crime and the Contradictions of Capitalism,” by Brotherton and Laura Naegler of the University of Kent. The tribute also features “Doing Quantitative Work Differently: Jock Young’s Criminological Imagination,” by Kevin Moran, a CUNY Ph.D. student in Sociology. Also included are “Criminology and Responsibility: Enduring Themes in the Work of Jock Young”; “See also Young, 1971: Marshall McLuhan, Moral Panics and Moral Indignation”; “New Deviancy, Marxism and the Politics of Left Realism: Reflections on Jock Young’s Early Writings”; and “Troubling the Psychosocial: Jock Young’s Late Modern Subjectivity from Sartre to Marcuse.” Click here to view the issue.

Brotherton’s tribute to his late colleague carries over to his newest book, Youth Street Gangs: New Directions in Critical Criminology (Routledge, 2015), which bears a dedication to Young and Michael Flynn, the late sociologist and researcher with the John Jay Center on Terrorism. “The three of us collaborated for more a decade to build a corpus of work in critical criminology, sociology and psychology,” Brotherton observed.

Brotherton has been promoting the new book in a series of recent talks that have taken him from the University of the West Indies in Port of Spain, Trinidad, to the University of Hamburg, Germany, to Smith College in Massachusetts. On May 14, Brotherton will present a book talk at John Jay.