Landmark Publication of Palgrave Handbook of Criminology and the Global South

Palgrave Handbook of Criminology and the Global South edited by Kerry Carrington, Russell Hogg, John Scott and Máximo Sozzo has just been published.

The first comprehensive collection of its kind, this handbook addresses the problem of knowledge production in criminology, redressing the global imbalance with an original focus on the Global South. Issues of vital criminological research and policy significance abound in the Global South, with important implications for South/North relations as well as global security and justice. In a world of high speed communication technologies and fluid national borders, empire building has shifted from colonising territories to colonising knowledge. The authors of this volume question whose voices, experiences, and theories are reflected in the discipline, and argue that diversity of discourse is more important now than ever before.     Approaching the subject from a range of historical, theoretical, and social perspectives, this collection promotes the Global South not only as a space for the production of knowledge, but crucially, as a source of innovative research and theory on crime and justice. Wide-ranging in scope and authoritative in theory, this study will appeal to scholars, activists, policy-makers, and students from a wide range of social science disciplines from both the Global North and South, including criminal justice, human rights, and penology.

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Here is what Emerita Professor Raewyn Connell has to say about this landmark collection:

“This Handbook embodies for criminology a revolutionary change that is influencing and challenging all the social sciences. This is work that prioritises the experience of colonized and postcolonial societies, and values the intellectual work done in the periphery. It does not abandon ideas and methods developed in the global North, but sets them in a different logic of knowledge-making. It calls their universality into question and combines them with very different agendas and perspectives. Once this process is set in motion, a vast terrain opens up.

While organized around the historical relations of colonization and post-colonial power, a Southern criminology does not produce simple categories. Both “North” and “South” name multiple and changing social formations. These complexities are well represented in this Handbook, ranging across affluent settler-colonial countries, poor developing countries, emerging economic powers, and the offshore transnational corporations that have increasingly replaced states as the centres of global capitalism.

Any Southern criminology must call into question familiar concepts and understandings. An important theme in this Handbook is the role of the state, conventionally seen as the source of law and embodiment of justice. Many of the contributions here recognize the pervasiveness of state violence and injustice in the making of global empire.

This Handbook has significance beyond its contribution to criminology and our understanding of the specifics of crime, policing and violence. It contributes to a major transformation of our knowledge of social processes in general. There are rich resources here, multiple points of view, a wealth of information and re-thinking. I hope their work travels widely into the world.’ (Raewyn Connell, University of Sydney, Australia)

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A knowledge network for the global south

The Queensland University of Technology’s Faculty of Law is hosting academics from Australia and Argentina to build knowledge networks between the two nations.

Despite sharing significant commonalities and facing a number of similar challenges, the links between Australia and Argentina, particularly where the exchange of knowledge is concerned, have been underdeveloped. Read more

Recently Published – “Reversing the agenda of sex work stigmatization and criminalization: Signs of a progressive society”

Cover image for latest issue of SexualitiesCJRC researchers Professor John Scott and Adjunct Professor Victor Minichiello have contributed to a commentary article “Reversing the agenda of sex work stigmatization and criminalization: Signs of a progressive society” recently published in the international journal Sexualities.

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CJRC Team Addresses Real World Issues in Justice in the Global South

As part of Crime and Justice Research Centre’s (CJRC) strategic goal of engagement with  the global south, a team from the Centre visited the Autonomous Region of Bougainville in Papua New Guinea last week, to engage members of the government in training workshops. Over a five day period, CJRC staff engaged over thirty government ministers and their staff in a series of policy development modules, with a core focus on justice issues which are impacting the islands of Bougainville. Read more

Sex Work and Southern Theory

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This post authored by CJRC researcher Professor John Scott, CJRC Adjunct Professor Victor Minichiello, and Cameron Cox from Sex Workers Outreach Project Inc. originally appeared on The Australian Sociological Association (TASA) blog.


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A diverse global network is fighting to stop discrimination and human rights violations towards sex workers. Yet, historic concerns around sex work, grounded in the moral view that the commercialization of sex is degrading and damaging persist. So, what has been preventing sex industry reform? While the dichotomy between erotic and commercial life has remained, recent concerns include the idea of sex work as inherent victimization and the notion that reform equates with increased oppression of children and women. Following a period of increasing liberalization of sex work in western nations, achieved by sex worker advocacy groups and often supported by research in the social sciences, there has been a recent punitive shift in international policy. Indeed, advocacy and adoption of the so-called ‘Nordic model’ of regulation, which criminalises buying, as opposed to selling of sexual services, has marked recent reform initiatives in liberal democracies. Read more

QUT Awarded COALAR Research Grant

QUT has recently been successful in securing a research grant through the Federal Government’s Council on Australia Latin America Relations (COALAR) and involves CJRC Adjunct Professor Victor Minichiello and CJRC researcher Professor John Scott from the School of Justice, Faculty of Law.

The project will be conducted in partnership with three Argentine universities including Univerisdad Nacional-del—Litoral, Universidad Nacional-delSud, and Universidad Nacional-del-Quilmes.  Read more