Borderland

Watch closely, Richard Quinney reminds himself, participate, experience the mystery.And watching, we experience with him the wonders of the borderland between a remembered past and an ever-unfolding present, the extraordinary mysteries of ordinary life in a world comfortably situated in the middle of a vast, unknowable universe.To be a midwesterner is, for Quinney, to belong to a place, to a time, to a community, all of...

Continue reading

Critique of Legal Order

Originally published thirty years ago, Critique of the Legal Order remains highly relevant for the twenty-first century. Here Richard Quinney provides a critical look at the legal order in capitalist society. Using a traditional Marxist perspective, he argues that the legal order is not intended to reduce crime and suffering, but to maintain class differences and a social order that mainly benefits the ruling class.Quinney challenges...

Continue reading

For the Time Being

Lyrical, contemplative, and unique, this is not a book about sociology but rather a deeply personal book written by a sociologist. The emphasis is on an existential view of the here-and-now of human existence; thus, the process of the writing and the reading of the book itself, the relationship of a

Continue reading

A Sense Sublime

“And I have felt / A presence that disturbs me with the joy / Of elevated thoughts; a sense sublime.”—William Wordsworth A Sense Sublime is a record of a life lived during the last years of the twentieth century on the northern edge of the tallgrass prairies of Illinois, where seas of flowing grasses give way to the glaciated hills of Wisconsin.With camera in hand, Richard Quinney walked the streets and byways and traveled the...

Continue reading

The Social Reality of Crime

Richard Quinney's The Social Reality of Crime remains an eloquent and important statement on crime, law, and justice. At the time of its appearance in 1970, Quinney's theory not only liberated the field from a recitation of the practices of the police, courts, and corrections, it also represented a marked departure from traditional analysis which viewed criminal behavior as pathological. Quinney not only advanced criminological thought, he...

Continue reading