QUT Crime, Justice and Social Democracy Research Centre members Dr. Bridget Harris and Associate Professor Molly Dragiewicz published a Conversation piece with Professor Heather Douglas from The University of Queensland School of Law on 1 February 2019.
Crime, Justice and Social Democracy Research Centre member Dr Monique Mann, along with former QUT Law colleagues Drs Angela Daly and S. Kate Devitt, recently published the open access edited text Good Data.
In response to the totalising datafication of society, there has been a significant critique regarding ‘bad data’ practices. The book Good Data proposes a move from critique to imagining and articulating a more optimistic vision of the datafied future. Good Data examines and proposes ‘good data’ practices, values and principles from an interdisciplinary, international perspective. From ideas of data sovereignty and justice, to manifestos for change and calls for activism, this edited collection opens a multifaceted conversation on the kinds of digital futures we want to see. The book presents concrete steps on how we can start realising good data in practice, and move towards a fair and just digital economy and society.
The Good Data book was launched (via QR code) on Thursday the 24th of January in Amsterdam in collaboration with the publisher Institute of Network Cultures (INC Amsterdam) and the ERC funded research programme DATACTIVE at the University of Amsterdam. Around 150 people attended the event where Monique Mann introduced the book, alongside a panel of contributors who discussed their chapters.
The book can be found here for free download (in various formats):
The Institute of Network Cultures has published a series of blogposts from Good Data authors summarising their Good Data interventions, including a post by the editors outlining 15 principles of Good Data, which can be found here:
Across the globe, violence prevention initiatives focused on men and boys are proliferating rapidly. Engaging Men and Boys in Violence Prevention highlights effective and innovative strategies for the primary prevention of domestic violence, sexual violence, and other forms of harassment and abuse. It combines research on gender, masculinities, and violence with case studies from a wide variety of countries and settings. Through the cross-disciplinary examination of these varied efforts, this work will enable advocates, educators, and policy-makers to understand, assess, and implement programs and strategies which involve men and boys in initiatives to prevent violence against women.
The book is available from: https://www.palgrave.com/us/book/9781137442109
Flood, M. (2018). Engaging Men and Boys in Violence Prevention. New York: Palgrave Macmillan.
Southern Criminology By Kerry Carrington, Russell Hogg, John Scott, Máximo Sozzo and Reece Walters, just published! (Routledge, London and New York)
Criminology has focused mainly on problems of crime and violence in the large population centres of the Global North to the exclusion of the global countryside, peripheries and antipodes. Southern criminology is an innovative new approach that seeks to correct this bias. It is not a new sub-discipline within criminology, but rather a journey toward cognitive justice.
This book turns the origin stories of criminology upsidedown. It traces criminology’s orientalist fascination with dangerous masculinities back to Lombroso’s theory of atavism. It uncovers the colonial legacy of criminal justice, best exemplified by the over-incarceration of Indigenous peoples. It analyses the ways in which discourses about punishment have simply assumed that forms of penality roll out from the Global North to the rest of the world. It advances the case that although the major drivers of eco-crime and global warming come from the Global North, their most harmful impacts are felt in the Global South. The book also explores how the coloniality of gender shapes distinctive patterns of violence in the Global South.
“A thought provoking book! Written by the leaders of Southern Criminology, it is a most important contribution that addresses the issue of North-South imbalance in the production of criminological knowledge. The book powerfully challenges the assumed universality of dominant criminology theories and explains how contemporary criminology knowledge has been highly limited by Western experiences.”
– Professor Jianhong Liu, Department of Sociology, University of Macau
“Southern Criminology takes the reader on a journey of critical imagination to offer a future landscape for the discipline of criminology. This journey is challenging and profound. The authors chart a route from the discipline’s past to the promise of a dawn for its future that anyone willing to travel with them will find intellectually valuable and hugely rewarding. Take a risk. Take this journey. You will not be disappointed.”
– Professor Sandra Walklate, Eleanor Rathbone Chair of Sociology, University of Liverpool and Editor in Chief of the British Journal of Criminology
“For most of its existence, criminology has been moulded by the intellectual perspectives and ideological reflexes of the global North—a region that contains only a fraction of the world’s population and only a fraction of its experience of violence and social harm. Southern Criminology promises to be a foundational document in a growing movement to bring the rest of the world into the centre of criminological dialogue and action.”
– Professor Elliott Currie, Department of Criminology, Law and Society, University of California Irvine
“This book is an inspiring project of retrieval of wisdom bubbling up from marginality and domination in global structures of social relations. The ideas retrieved bridge global divides rather than essentialize ‘North’ or ‘South’. Dialogue across diverse divides helps build new intercultural and interscalar understandings in a pathbreaking volume.”
– Professor John Braithwaite, RegNet, ANU
“This book presents a convincing argument about the need to develop a Southern Criminology to overcome the monopolization of criminology by the Northern part of the world. It leaves us well informed on important issues, especially on the richness and pertinence of incorporating Southern perspectives into the Global understanding of crime and violence. Far from trying to discredit the knowledge produced by Northern Criminology, this book proves a simple fact: that we can learn from each other, and that knowledge can travel from Global South to North, South to South, East to West and vice versa.”
– Professor Elena Azaola, Mexican Criminologist, del Centro de Investigaciones y Estudios Superiores en Antropología Social, CIESAS
What is the moral of the human trafficking story, and how can the narrative be shaped and evolved? Stories of human trafficking are prolific in the public domain, proving immensely powerful in guiding our understandings of trafficking, and offering something tangible on which to base policy and action. Yet these stories also misrepresent the problem, establishing a dominant narrative that stifles other stories and fails to capture the complexity of human trafficking.
This book deconstructs the human trafficking narrative in public discourse, examining the victims, villains, and heroes of trafficking stories. Sex slaves, exploited workers, mobsters, pimps and johns, consumers, governments, and anti-trafficking activists are all characters in the story, serving to illustrate who is to blame for the problem of trafficking, and how that problem might be solved. Erin O’Brien argues that a constrained narrative of ideal victims, foreign villains, and western heroes dominates the discourse, underpinned by cultural assumptions about gender and ethnicity, and wider narratives of border security, consumerism, and western exceptionalism.
Drawing on depictions of trafficking in entertainment and news media, awareness campaigns, and government reports in Australia, the United Kingdom, and the United States of America, this book will be of interest to criminologists, political scientists, sociologists, and those engaged with human rights activism and the politics of international justice.
Welcome to 31 new members of the International editorial board
The International Journal for Crime, Justice and Social Democracy is an open access, blind peer reviewed journal committed to democratising the production and dissemination of knowledge. It has a distinguished International Editorial Board comprised of 104 leading scholars from 25 countries. Last year the journal was ranked for the very first time by SciMago as a Q2 journal with the highest impact factor for Law and Criminology in Australia. This year it has remained a Q2 ranked journal and has the second highest impact factor of any journal published in Australia in law and criminology. This is a remarkable feat for a journal as young as this one in a global system of knowledge that privileges journals published in Europe, United Kingdom and United States. It is continuing to grow in stature and impact. Articles have been downloaded 270,000 times and abstract viewed 353,000 times since its firsts publication in 2012. The journal receives between 4-6 submissions per week from all over the world. As a consequence we have had to grow the international editorial board to meet the increased demand.
The Editors of the International Journal for Crime, Justice and Social Democracy have recently undertaken a global search for scholars whose expertise would fit with the vision of the journal to join the distinguished International Editorial Board. We warmly welcome the new 31 members listed below:
Dr. Jerjes Aguirre Ochoa, Universidad Michoacana de San Nicolas de Hidalgo, Mexico
Associate Professor Thalia Anthony University of Technology, Sydney
Dr Lynzi Armstrong Wellington University, New Zealand
Professor Matias Bailone, Faculty of Law, University of Buenos Aries, Argentina
Professor Rosemary Barberet, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, New York
Dr Jarrett Blaustien, Monash University, Melbourne
Associate Professor Rebbeca Scott Bray, University of Sydney
Professor Melissa Bull, Griffith University, Brisbane
Professor Vania Ceccato, Royal Institute of Technology, Sweeden
Dr Lennon Chang, Monash University, Melbourne
Professor Bill Dixon, University of Nottingham, United Kingdom
Dr Asher Flynn, Monash University Melbourne
Dr Bianca Fileborn UNSW, Sydney
Dr Kate Fitz-Gibbon, Monash University, Melbourne
Dr David Fonseca Brazil, University of Brazillia, Brazil
Assistant Professor David Goyes, Universidad Antonio Nariño, Colombia
Assistant Professor Kate Henne, University of Waterloo, Canada
Associate Professor Nicola Henry, RMIT, Melbourne
Professor Kristian Lasslett Ulster University, North Ireland
Dr Alyce McGovern, UNSW, Sydney
Professor Julia Monárrez El Colegio de la Frontera Norte, Ciudad Juárez, Mexico
Dr Leon Mossavi, Open University Singapore
Associate Professor Ross McGarry, University of Liverpool, UK
Associate Professor Darren Palmer Deakin University, Geelong
Professor Nathan Pino, Texas State University, US
Associate Professor Julia Quilter University of Wollongong
Professor Richard Sparks, University of Edinburgh, Scotland
Associate Professor Max Travers, University of Tasmania
Dr Danielle Watson, University of the South Pacific, Fiji
Professor Alison Young, University of Melbourne, Melbourne
Dr Yuan Xiaoyu, University of Law and Political Science, China
Molly Dragiewicz, Jean Burgess, Ariadna Matamoros-Fernández, Michael Salter, Nicolas P. Suzor, Delanie Woodlock & Bridget Harris recently published Technology facilitated coercive control: Domestic violence and the competing roles of digital media platforms. Feminist Media Studies, 18(4), 609–625. https://doi.org/10.1080/14680777.2018.1447341
CJRC member, Dr Toby Miles-Johnson has recently published an article in the journal Policing and Society, Volume 28, Issue 6, August 2018. This is now available online on Taylor & Francis Online.
Prejudice motivated crime (PMC) is defined as crimes motivated by bias, prejudice or hatred towards members of particular groups, communities and individuals. To understand how police awareness training facilitates or constrains the capacity of police officers to appropriately classify and respond to PMC, data were collected from a population of Police Recruits (PRs) and Protective Service Officers (PSOs) (N = 1609) to ascertain their perceptions of PMC pre- and post-PMC awareness training. These were used in a logistic regression model to identify factors explaining whether PRs and PSOs would identify a vignette/scenario as a PMC. We found PRs and PSOs were more likely to correctly identify a PMC scenario than a control scenario, but only 61% as likely to identify an incident as PMC post-PMC awareness training after accounting for other variables. We argue that awareness training programmes need to be more aligned to the specific needs of policing in diverse societies.
The full article can be found here: https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/10439463.2016.1206099
CJRC member, Dr. Michael Flood has recently published an article in Journal of Interpersonal Violence.
Forsdike, K., Tarzia, L., Flood, M., Vlais, R., and Hegarty, K. “‘A lightbulb moment’: Using the theory of planned behaviour to explore the challenges and opportunities for early engagement of Australian men who use violence in their relationships.” Journal of Interpersonal Violence, (2018). DOI: http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/10.1177/0886260518780778
Abstract: Intimate partner violence (IPV) is a common complex social and public health problem. Interventions for IPV male perpetrators are an essential component of an early and effective response. Yet little is known about how to engage men in interventions for help-seeking. Using the theory of planned behavior (TPB), we explored men’s perceptions of seeking help for an unhealthy relationship and how they could be supported to recognize their behavior and undertake change at an early stage. We recruited 23 men who were currently attending a men’s behavior change program in Australia to take part in focus groups. These were recorded, transcribed, and thematically analyzed. The TPB concepts of behavioral beliefs, perceived control, and subjective norms were found throughout the data. Behavioral beliefs covered four subthemes: self-awareness, self-reflection and agency, the influence of others to change, and needing the right message in the right place. Perceived control was connected to these men’s understandings of what it means to be a man. Subjective norms were rarely raised, but there was some indication that men’s perceptions of societal norms about men as violent influenced a perceived lack of agency to change behavior. Our findings highlight the complexity of, and challenges in, engaging men who may use violence before they reach crisis point and justice intervenes. Despite this, participating men could find acceptable an appropriately developed and easy-to-access intervention that enhances recognition of behaviors and provides links to supports. Health professionals or researchers developing early interventions targeting these men need to take the engagement challenges into account.