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Philosophy Behind Bars

Growth and Development in Prison

Male prisons can be dangerous places with a climate of distrust, but can long-term prisoners be given the space to reflect and grow ? This ground-breaking study found that engaging prisoners in philosophy education enabled them to think about some of the ‘big’ questions in life and as a result to see themselves and others differently.

Bristol Uni Press

Feminist Responses to Injustices of the State and its Institutions

Politics, Intervention, Resistance

From the denial of abortion rights in Northern Ireland to sexual violence in South Asian communities, this book offers a counter narrative to the criminal justice system’s failures towards women, mapping a feminist criminology for the 21st century.

Bristol Uni Press

The Criminalisation of Social Policy in Neoliberal Societies

From anti-terrorism agendas, to the punishment of the poor and the governance of parenting, this book explores how diverse fields of social policy intersect more deeply than ever with crime control and in so doing, deploy troubling strategies.

Bristol Uni Press

Disproportionate Minority Contact and Racism in the US

How We Failed Children of Color

Drawing on original data, this book addresses the issue of color-blind racism through an examination of the circular logic used by the juvenile justice system to criminalize non-White youth. It calls for a need to understand racial inequality in the justice system from a structural perspective rather than simply at the level of individual bias.

Bristol Uni Press

Advancing Children’s Rights in Detention

A Model for International Reform

Drawing on Ireland’s experience of transforming law, policy and practice and combining theory with real-life experiences, this compelling book demonstrates how a progressive rights-based approach to child detention can be implemented.

Bristol Uni Press

Welfare and Punishment

From Thatcherism to Austerity

From Margaret Thatcher’s first government to austerity politics, Ian Cummins traces changing attitudes to imprisonment and the social state. With fresh insights and critical thinking, he demonstrates how increasingly punitive approaches to crime and welfare have shaped the neoliberal economy and created stigma around those living in poverty.

Bristol Uni Press

Women Rough Sleepers in Europe

Homelessness and Victims of Domestic Abuse

This important book reveals a number of truths about women’s rough sleeping across Europe and argues for the adoption of effective policy, strategies and services to meet the needs of homeless women, specifically women rough sleepers who are the victims of domestic abuse.

Policy Press

State Crime and Immorality

The Corrupting Influence of the Powerful

This is the first book to examine the activities of UK and international ‘role models’ through the lens of state crime and social policy. Written by experts in the field of sociology and social policy, it provides a comprehensive discussion of state immorality and deviance generally and state crime in particular.

Policy Press

'Hate crime' and the city

This book widens our understanding of hate crime by demonstrating that many offenders are ordinary people who offend in the context of their everyday lives.

Policy Press

Leading Policing in Europe

An Empirical Study of Strategic Police Leadership

In this unique book, the authors present, for the first time, information from over a hundred strategic police leaders in 22 countries about how they are selected for high office, how they are held to account and what their views are on current and future challenges in policing.

Policy Press

Participatory Research

Working with Vulnerable Groups in Research and Practice

This book examines the nature of participatory research in the social sciences and its role in increasing participation among vulnerable or marginalised populations. It examines the ways in which inclusion and collaboration in research can be enhanced among vulnerable participants, and shows how useful it can be with these groups.

Policy Press

Social Protection after the Crisis

Regulation without Enforcement

This topical book considers the economic, political and social consequences of the economic crisis, the nature of social protection and the dynamics of the current crisis of regulation. It is unique in documenting how economic and social welfare are inconsistent with corporate freedom.

Policy Press