Writing Sociological Crime Fiction: You Will Have Your Day In Court



Crockett Thomas P (2021) Writing Sociological Crime Fiction: You Will Have Your Day In Court. Art/Research International: A Transdisciplinary Journal, 6 (1), pp. 218-250.

In this article I share and discuss a poetic work of experimental sociological crime fiction titled “You Will Have Your Day in Court” (in Crockett Thomas, 2020c). In it I reimagine the “true crime” story of “King Con” Paul Bint, who for a period in 2009 successfully impersonated Keir Starmer, the then Director of Public Prosecutions. I first introduce my collaborative approach to writing sociological crime fiction, connections to poststructuralist philosophy and conceptualisation of research as a process of translation. After sharing the piece, I discuss thematic aspects of the work, such as the popular fascination of fraud, desire for explanations for criminal acts, and the narrative constraints placed on people who have experienced criminalisation. I also consider stylistic elements including use of narrative voice, characterisation, and narrative structure. I hope that this article is of interest to scholars aiming to marry poststructuralist thought with an experimental approach to writing sociological fiction.

sociological fiction; crime; criminalisation; translation; ontology

Art/Research International: A Transdisciplinary Journal: Volume 6, Issue 1

FundersEconomic and Social Research Council and Arts and Humanities Research Council
Publication date31/12/2021
Publication date online22/04/2021
Date accepted by journal30/12/2020
PublisherUniversity of Alberta Libraries

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Dr Phil Crockett Thomas

Dr Phil Crockett Thomas

Lecturer in Criminology, Sociology, Social Policy & Criminology