Jeff Ferrell discusses his book Drift: Illicit Mobility and Uncertain Knowledge with Chris Richardson. Ferrell is Professor of Sociology at Texas Christian University, USA, and Visiting Professor of Criminology at the University of Kent, UK. He is author of the books Crimes of Style, Tearing Down the Streets, Empire of Scrounge, and, with Keith Hayward and Jock Young, the first and second editions of Cultural Criminology: An Invitation, winner of the 2009 Distinguished Book Award from the American Society of Criminology’s Division of International Criminology. He is co-editor of the books Cultural Criminology, Ethnography at the Edge, Making Trouble, Cultural Criminology Unleashed, and Cultural Criminology: Theories of Crime. Jeff Ferrell is founding and current editor of the New York University Press book series Alternative Criminology, and one of the founding editors of Crime, Media, Culture: An International Journal, winner of the ALPSP 2006 Charlesworth Award for Best New Journal. In 1998 Ferrell received the Critical Criminologist of the Year Award from the American Society of Criminology’s Division of Critical Criminology and Social Justice; in 2018 he received the Division’s Lifetime Achievement Award. His latest book, Drift: Illicit Mobility and Uncertain Knowledge, is published with University of California Press.
A bewildering historical mash-up of hobo wisdom, on-the-road interviews, vintage advertisements, and who knows what else, Daniel’s Mostly True is, well, mostly true. It also serves as the print version of his beautifully do-it-yourself train hopping film, Who Is Bozo Texino?
Richard Grant wanders American history and the American West, catching up with long-haul truckers, peripatetic hippies, cowboys, Native Americans, hobos, and assorted road dogs, and discovering along the way the nomadic soul of the continent.
Before he later becomes a well-known visual sociologist, Douglas Harper becomes an anonymous freight train hopper, documenting the lost and found life that unspools mile after mile.
Reporting from the darkest down-and-out corners of the Great Depression, Kromer produces a sparse, lonesome chronicle of social and existential despair.
A masterpiece of documentary photography and ethnographic reporting, An American Exodus interweaves Lange’s sharp, insightful photographs with Taylor’s rich descriptions to produce a chronicle of the Great Depression and its manifold dislocations. The book’s subtitle: A Record of Human Erosion.