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This publication brings jointly state-of-the-art examine around the variety of meanings of the time period 'cultural'. A landmark textual content at the crime-culture nexus, its editors and authors contain the best exponents of cultural criminology on each side of the Atlantic.

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These result in the ‘typical’ girl having a greater need for relatedness (and thus in her being better equipped psychologically for mothering than men) and the typical boy’s greater need for autonomy. Despite Chodorow’s (1989: 7) later disavowal of this thesis for ‘giving determinist primacy to social relations’, it has been a massively influential neo-Freudian account of gender development. Although it offers a theorisation of the links between unconscious mental processes and society (unlike our exclusively social attempt in Policing the Crisis), it remains a typical, somewhat normative, biography.

This, of course, had profound implications for the study of human agency. At the time, as the notion of cultures being symbolic expressions of structural contradictions suggests, we came down on the structuralist side of the argument; but, as the idea of ‘resistance’ and our intellectual debt to Gramsci’s insistence on the importance of political struggle within historical conjunctures also suggests, our Althusserian structuralism was always in tension with our Gramscian historicism. For some of our Centre critics (eg Coward (1977) and Sparks (1996)), this made for an incoherent mixture of expressive marxism (our structuralism) and an ‘ideological’ reading of signification (our culturalism).

Just as with Giffen’s paradox, where the weakness of the statistics is plain to the researchers yet they continue to force-feed inadequate data into their personal computers, here the problem of lying, whether by exaggeration or concealment, does not stop the researchers, for more than a moment, in their scientific task. Of course, as a sociologist, such findings are not irrelevant: they inform you much about differences in male and female attitudes to sex – what they don’t tell you is about differences in sexual behaviour.

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