Keele Criminology

Keele Criminologists contribute to new book featuring early career scholars

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Two members of the Keele Criminology team have contributed chapters to a new edited collection featuring chapters written by PhD students and early careers academics.  The book ‘Emerging Voices’ is published by the European Group Press, the publishing house of the European Group for the Study of Deviance and Social Control – an international network of scholars and activists working towards social justice, state accountability and decarceration.

The chapter by Dr Andrew Henley  (Lecturer in Criminology) is entitled ‘Criminal records and conditional citizenship: towards a critical sociology of post-sentence discrimination’.  It argues for an expansion of critical social research on punishment -which traditionally has focussed on prisons, community punishments and the differential punishment of particular groups of people based on class, race and gender.  In his chapter, Andrew suggests that there is a growing need for scholars of punishment to focus upon the ‘after effects’ of penal sanctions brought about due to criminal records.  He does this by setting out why the possession of a criminal record has serious consequences for the ability of people to enjoy many of the rights and entitlements associated with ‘citizenship’.

The chapter by Hannah Wilkinson (who has recently been appointed as a Teaching Fellow in Criminology) is entitled ‘”What was it all for?”: 21st Century theatres of war and the return to “post-conflict” life’.  It draws upon Hannah’s doctoral research with former military personnel who have served in recent conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq to highlight and discuss a number of apparent gaps in knowledge within the growing body of literature on the ‘criminology of war’.  It also sets out some of the interim findings of her research and introduces the new theoretical concept of ‘combat capital’ which Hannah is developing.

In keeping with the inclusive ethos of the European Group the book is reasonably priced at only £10 and is available to purchase through either the European Group Press website or via Amazon.

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