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Moving on From Crime and Substance Use

Transforming Identities

This book showcases research from a wide range of authors in the field of desisting from crime and recovering from addiction and examines the experiences of change for individuals seeking healthier and more successful futures

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Experiences in Researching Conflict and Violence

Fieldwork Interrupted

This collection explores the roles of emotion, violence, uncertainty, identity and positionality in doing research in and on conflict zones, as well as the complexity of methodological choices. It presents a nuanced view of conflict research that addresses the uncomfortable spaces of conflict research and the need for reflection on these issues.

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The Sexual Politics of Gendered Violence and Women's Citizenship

This book examines how responses by the state shape a woman’s citizenship long after she has escaped from a violent partner. It investigates the effects of intimate partner violence on everyday life including housing, employment, mental health and social participation and offers critical insights for the development of social policy and practice.

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Disrupting Rape Culture

Public Space, Sexuality and Revolt

Despite the rise in research and public awareness about rape culture and gendered violence, it remains a serious problem. Using case studies from the US and UK this book explains how it happens, what it means and how it can be contested.

Bristol Uni Press

Gangs, Drugs and (Dis)Organised Crime

Drawing upon unique empirical data based on interviews with high-profile ex-offenders and experts in the field, this book sheds new light on drug markets, organised crime and gangs in the UK. McLean sparks new debate on the subject, offering solutions and alternatives for how to best tackle gang violence.

Bristol Uni Press

Degrees of Freedom

Prison Education at The Open University

The first authoritative volume to look back on the last 50 years of The Open University providing higher education to those in prison, this unique book gives voice to ex-prisoners whose lives have been transformed by the education they received, offering vivid personal testimonies, reflective vignettes and academic analysis of education in prison.

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Investigating Corruption in the Afghan Police Force

Instability and Insecurity in Post-conflict Societies

Based on unprecedented empirical research, this book assesses how institutional legacy and external intervention have shaped the structural conditions of corruption in the Afghan police force and state. Filling a major gap in the literature, this is an invaluable contribution to the literature and to anti-corruption policy in developing states.

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Preventing Sexual Violence

Problems and Possibilities

Leading experts explore current strategies and thinking in relation to prevention of sexual violence in this timely collection

With psychological, sociological and legal perspectives, it addresses longstanding and contemporary themes including sexual harassment and working with offenders, and maps new approaches to practice and prevention.

Bristol Uni Press

Critical Reflections on Women, Family, Crime and Justice

Drawing on research from the Women, Family, Crime and Justice research network, this collection sheds new light on the experiences of women and families who encounter the UK criminal justice system. Contributions demonstrate how these groups are often ignored, oppressed and victimised, and offer insights and practical recommendations for change.

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Criminal Justice and the Pursuit of Truth

Can the criminal justice system achieve justice based on its ability to determine the truth? This book investigates the concept of truth and scrutinises how well the criminal justice process facilitates truth-finding. It bridges the gap between what people expect from the justice system and what it can legitimately deliver.

Bristol Uni Press

Gangs, Drugs and Youth Adversity

Continuity and Change

Revisiting the young men interviewed in Deuchar’s original fieldwork in Glasgow, this dynamic book explores the evolving nature of gangs and the contemporary challenges affecting young people, including drug distribution, football-related bigotry and the mental health repercussions emerging from social media.

Bristol Uni Press

Queering Criminology in Theory and Praxis

Reimagining Justice in the Criminal Legal System and Beyond

This ground-breaking book explores the practical applications of queer theory for criminal justice practitioners. It covers theoretical concepts within queer criminology and the experiences of LGBTQ+ individuals as victims, offenders and professionals, and proposes ways in which a real difference can be made to training, policy and practice.

Bristol Uni Press