About the Author
Stephen Pfohl is a Professor of Sociology at Boston College where he teaches courses on social theory; postmodern culture; crime, deviance and social control; images and power; and sociology and psychoanalysis. Stephen is the author of numerous books and articles including Death at the Parasite Café, Images of Deviance and Social Control, Predicting Dangerousness, and the forthcoming volumes Venus in Video and Magic and the Machine. A past-President of the Society for the Study of Social Problems and a founding member of Sit-Com International, a Boston-area collective of activists and artists, Pfohl is also co-editor of the 2006 book Culture, Power, and History: Studies in Critical Sociology.
Thanks to Clare Dunsford and to Arthur and Marilouise Kroker for your sustained engagement and editorial advice on the writing of this essay. Thanks also to Juliet Schor, Leslie Salzinger, Eva Marie Garroutte, Aimee Van Wagenen, Charles Sarno, Ramón Grosfoguel, and Charles Derber for conversations encouraging the development of this work.
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