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CJC Member Silvia Gomes releases new book with co-author Dixie Rocker- Gender, Prison and Reentry Experiences - A Matter of Time

Silvia Gomes has released her new book today (30th April) with co-author Dixie Rocker- "Gender, Prison and Reentry Experiences- A Matter of Time".Link opens in a new window This book examines the reentry journeys of incarcerated men and women about to leave Portuguese prisons.

"Gender, Prison and Reentry ExperienceLink opens in a new window explores the gendered reentry experiences of incarcerated men and women who are about to be released from prisons in Portugal. It reveals how men and women narrate and attribute meaning to their time in prison and how they navigate their ‘prisoner’ and ‘gendered’ identities. In doing so, this book demonstrates the importance of these identities in relation to recidivism and desistance, whilst also questioning the role incarceration has in further criminalising and obstructing individuals’ reentry process. It puts forward recommendations that aim to improve the lives of all incarcerated individuals within the current system, in addition to advocating for decarceration and prison abolition. It presents a novel contribution to the internationalisation of knowledge across multiple disciplinary subfields, namely critical reentry studies and feminist criminology, filling a gap in the current knowledge as few studies focus on prison experiences as a core aspect of understanding the reentry process. An accessible and compelling read, this book will appeal to students and scholars of criminology, sociology, law, desistance studies, and those interested in gaining a unique insight into the experience of incarcerated individuals."


Tue 30 Apr 2024, 16:13 | Tags: Criminal Justice Centre, Publication, Punishment

CJC member, Laura Lammasniemi, releases podcast episode on the concept of consent

Laura Lammasniemi has released a podcast episode as part of a wider series entitled, The Age of Consent. The podcast series aims to explore ideas of consent, where these ideas come from and how they are used, particularly within law, and the social and legal evolutions of these ideas. More information on Laura's bonus episode, can be found below. To listen to the episode, click here.
Ep6. Bonus: Reimagining good sex
What are better stories we could be telling about sex and relationships? Two years after The Age of Consent series, we reflect on previous episodes with Dr Laura Lammasniemi and how consent has come to be central to how we think about and legislate sex. We also speak to Jonny Hunt, author of 'Sex Ed for Grown-ups', about different ways we could talk about what happy, healthy, and ethical sex looks like, and chat to Dr Tina Sikka about an alternative approach to sexual justice that better captures the complex realities of sex.
Tue 07 Nov 2023, 14:35 | Tags: CJC, Criminal Justice Centre

CJC co-director, Henrique Carvalho, and CJC member, Anastasia Chamberlen, publish a book on the concept of punishment

The book pulls together discussions and research conducted collaboratively between Henrique and Anastasia over the past 10 years and has just been published (October 6th) by Routledge in their Criminology and Criminal Justice Series. Details are hereLink opens in a new window.

By drawing on a scholarship from law, sociology, criminology, and philosophy the book questions punishment as concept, social phenomenon and contemporary practice. It seeks to examine what are the assumptions underpinning its normalisation and legitimation in society and examines punishment’s targets, objectives and implications. The book also seeks to locate punishment and punitivity within their wider social-cultural contexts. It ultimately aims to unsettle the idea that there is something common-sensical, necessary and unavoidable about punitive justice.

As its title suggests, the book attempts to answer a series of questions, including what punishment is; who punishment’s targets and subjects are; how punishment is perpetuated and experienced; when and where punishment unfolds and finally, why we punish. It ends by considering the implications of this enquiry to understandings of punishment and broader pursuits of justice.

Fri 13 Oct 2023, 11:55 | Tags: CJC, Criminal Justice Centre

CJC co-director, Henrique Carvalho, and CJC member, Anastasia Chamberlen, win the Howard Journal Best Article Prize 2022

Henrique Carvalho and Anastasia Chamberlen have won the Howard Journal Best article Prize 2022 for their article titled: ‘Feeling the absence of justice: Notes on our pathological reliance on punitive justice’.

This article critically examines our relationship with justice in contemporary Western liberal settings, with a particular focus on why our pursuit of justice is intimately entangled with punitive logics. It starts by arguing that we have a predominantly pathological approach to justice, in the sense that it follows a logic that is akin to that displayed in contemporary sensibilities regarding bodily pain. We deploy Drew Leder’s concept of ‘dys-appearance’ to discuss how, in Western liberal societies, justice is primarily experienced negatively as a phenomenon; that is, we mainly become conscious of justice through the painful and episodic experience of injustice. We then explore this phenomenological quality of justice which, we argue, is linked to how the pursuit of justice in these settings predominantly takes a hostile, punitive aspect. The article concludes by exploring how this punitive impulse can be resisted, through what we term a ‘lived sense of justice’.

You can read the article hereLink opens in a new window.

Mon 02 Oct 2023, 12:10 | Tags: CJC, Criminal Justice Centre

CJC Members organise panel on decolonisation and criminal justice at the European Society of Criminology Conference 2023

ESc panel CJC co-Director Ana Aliverti co-organised (with Máximo Sozzo, Universidad Nacional de Litoral) a panel at this year's European Society of Criminology, held in Florence, Italy, on 7th September. The panel was focused on contributions from the book Decolonizing the Criminal Question: Colonial Legacies, Contemporary ProblemsLink opens in a new window (2023, Oxford University Press), which was co-edited by Aliverti and Sozzo together with CJC co-Director Henrique Carvalho and CJC member Anastasia Chamberlen. The panel, which hosted presentations from a number of the book's contributors (see list below), was highly popular, and led to engaging and thought-provoking discussions. The book, which is available Open Access online, offers a serious engagement with the complex issue of decolonisation and its urgency in the areas of criminal justice, criminology and penology.
Tue 19 Sep 2023, 13:46 | Tags: Criminal Justice Centre

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