Author: Angus BancroftPage 2 of 13

I'm a lecturer at the University of Edinburgh department of Sociology, studying illicit drug use, illicit markets and various shades of cyber crime. Email Tweet @angusbancroft

Is crime still seductive when it is rationalised? The return of the early modern gang to the crime labour process

Is crime in competition with being law abiding? For rational choice theorists the answer is mostly yes. The decision to commit crime is a calculated judgement based on…

Dishwashers not vital war industry after all, in one sense

There is a spike in exports of household white goods and consumer electornics to former Soviet Central Asia and the neighbourhood. Why is that? The assumption is they…

Politics and technology is a struggle over seratonin and dopamine

It is difficult to understand the appeal of Ardern, Sturgeon, Trump and Johnson without recognising that politics is about providing psychological goods: the warm bath of a seratonin…

Writing an academic book review

A book review is a summary, evaluation and critique of a book. It shows how the book fits into an existing narrative or debate, stakes out new ground,…

Methods and epistemic fracture: reviving the information moral economy

The value of social research methods is that it produces independent evidence on the nature of society, social-economic problems and challenges, and potentially agreed ways of reaching effective…

Society gets the crime it designs

Crime is designed in. Organised crime is intertwined in society and its institutions, its character reflects them, and it uses society’s technical affordances. Digital capitalism provides tools to…

Writing the further work bit

You know that bit at the end of your dissertation or research paper where you suggest what could be done next, and which is always the last thing…

Talking with GenericBot 1.0 about teaching

Life is generic, and therefore so is our AI. Botcopalypse postponed for now. Technofear can stand down. As with Zombie move tropes, the real threat is from the…

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…

Does imposter syndrome feel better if we call it ‘drive’?

If you did not have imposter syndrome you would basically be living in your parents’ attic right now (apologies if you are in fact living there right now….


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