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Crime, technology and society by Angus Bancroft
Year: <span>2022</span>

Emotional structures of cybercrime markets

Illicit markets face problems with valuation, coordination and cooperation (Beckert and Wehinger, 2012) and cannot rely on institutions of of law and state to fix these problems for them. Therefore they turn to other mechanisms – interpersonal trust, reliance on corrupt state and policing actors for enforcement, and sometimes complex …

Developing the research imagination: Working together, co-design and sharing ideas

Research is a process of constantly theorizing from evidence. In order to give our findings life and meaning we can apply frames that allow us to do that and also help us work together and react to practical problems as they come up. One frame is normalization. As sociologists we …

Where’s the military industrial complex when you need it?

US president Dwight Eisenhower warned in 1961 ‘we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military–industrial complex’ (MIC). The idea that there is a grouping of lobbyists and industry desperate to suborn public money for their agenda is a persistent one in Western …

How to use ontology and epistemology for fun and profit

Research has its own language which reflects different theories – abstract ways of thinking about what research is, based on ideas of what reality we are examining, what the world is ‘really like’ (ontology) and how much we can know about it (epistemology). What I’m talking about relates to very …

The metro-twitter set really seem to dislike that Britain is an island, why is that?

Don’t hate us because we are an island, there are much better reasons. Just one of those odd details of life. A funny little quirk of urban left wing discourse that goes way back, why my child even to the days before Twitter, is they have a reflex resentment about …

What have you stopped teaching because it turns out not to be true?

I am thinking of those too-perfect cases that illustrate what we want students to know but which turn out to be overblown or plain wrong. My case is Maines’ (2001) The Technology of Orgasm, which used to be a central example in a lecture I delivered in intoxication, technology and …


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