Dangerous Men: Ideology and the Personification of Evil

This volume offers an important analysis of dangerous offender (DO) legislation and related designations in Canada. It is a timely and important topic given the predominance of neo-liberal and neo-conservative conceptualizations of crime and its control in both contemporary Canada and the world, especially from the psychoanalytic point of view. The book develops a political economy of dangerousness through an examination of official definitions of “high-risk convicts”. A series of case studies, interviews and literature reviews serve to demonstrate various applications of dangerousness, and situate these legal/judicial processes within their broader ideological and political context. This is a highly marginalized and disreputable penal population in criminology, and the book argues that the label of dangerousness obscures the social and economic conditions that many convicts experience throughout their lives.


Matthew G. Yeager obtained his Bachelor’s in Criminology at the University of California at Berkeley in 1972 and his Master’s degree at the State University of New York at Albany in 1975. He received his doctorate in Sociology from Carleton University, Canada, in 2006. He has published over 50 articles and studies in theoretical and applied criminology, and in addition, is a practicing clinical criminologist in sentencing alternatives and parole planning. He is the author and editor of the books Illegal Enterprise: The Work of Historian Mark Haller (2013); Frank Tannenbaum: The Making of a Convict Criminologist (2016); and Reforming American Prisons: A Memoir of My Time at Sing Sing Prison by Warden Thomas Mott Osborne (2018). He is currently Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology at King’s University College, part of Western University, Canada.

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ISBN: 1-5275-6210-7

ISBN13: 978-1-5275-6210-3

Release Date: 26th January 2021

Pages: 289

Price: £61.99

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