Featured abstract from 2017 Crime & Justice in Asia & Global South Conference

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Next year, the Crime and Justice Research Centre will co-host the Crime and Justice in Asia and the Global South International Conference with the Asian Criminological Society. The conference will be held in Cairns from 10-13 July 2017 and will feature international speakers:

  • Professor Rosemary Barberet;
  • Professor Jiahong Liu;
  • Professor John Braithwaite; and
  • Professor Raewyn Connell.

To showcase the diversity of topics that will be presented during the conference, each week the CJRC blog will feature an accepted abstract from a presenter.

This week’s featured abstract is authored by Associate Professor Avi Brisman (Eastern Kentucky University), Professor Nigel South (University of Essex), and Professor Reece Walters (QUT).

Associate Professor Brisman and Professor South are both successful recipients of Senior Fellow Scholarships in Southern Criminology. In August, the CJRC awarded eleven successful applicants from around the world with Early-Career Researcher and Senior Fellow scholarships in Southern Criminology. The main purpose of the scholarships are to support the travel and attendance to the 2017 conference and to support collaborative research with CJRC scholars on topics related to developing the projects of Southern Criminology. A list of the successful applicants can be accessed here.

Featured abstract: 

“Climate injustice(s), water issues and southern criminology”

by Avi Brisman, Nigel South and Reece Walters

Southern theory draws attention to periphery-center relations, focusing on how knowledge takes shape amid power dynamics that are marked by appropriation, authority, exclusion and inclusion, and hegemony (see Connell 2007; see also de la Tierra and Henne In Press). It emphasizes the unequal relations between intellectuals and institutions in the North Atlantic (a hegemonic center) and the world periphery—those places and spaces in which ways of thinking are often discredited, ignored, granted no intellectual authority, or otherwise subordinated. Accordingly, southern theory, as an intellectual project, questions and challenges the privileging of the North Atlantic within the realm of knowledge production.

Drawing on southern theory, southern criminology has been proposed as “a reflexive way to elucidate the power relations embedded in the hierarchal production of criminological knowledge that privileges theories, assumptions and methods based largely on empirical specificities of the global North” (Carrington, Hogg and Sozzo 2016:2).  In addition, southern criminology endeavours to illuminate and analyse critically “the different worlds of violence to be found in North and South that underlines the myopia of so much metropolitan criminology” (Carrington, Hogg and Sozzo 2016:6).  Building on ongoing research (e.g., Brisman, South and Walters In Progress; Brisman et al. In Progress), the papers in this panel will examine the ways in which the impact of climate change has and will continue to exacerbate existing pressures and inequalities related to access to freshwater, conflict, economics, urban mega-development and land-use changes—all of which have a pronounced and disproportionate impact on the Global South.  The goal will be to further the southern criminological project by examining critically what has been termed “climate apartheid” and its impacts on the growing number of “environmental refugees”—new victims—indeed, entire populations—now being dislocated by human-induced climate change. 

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