Policy Press


Nov 13, 2020

Justice, Power and Resistance to be published by Policy Press from 2021

We are pleased to announce an exciting addition to the Policy Press journals list for 2021: Justice, Power and Resistance (JPR). JPR is the journal of the European Group for the Study of Deviance and Social Control and is currently published by EG Press. We are delighted to be working together on the re-launch of the journal with Policy Press in September 2021.

Aims and Scope
Justice, Power and Resistance is an international, peer-reviewed journal promoting critical analysis and connecting theory, politics and activism. Working towards social justice, state accountability and decarceration, the journal is primarily a vehicle to make accessible and advance challenging research and scholarship that can be utilised to critically inform contemporary debates and policies. Originally based within the European Group for the Study of Deviance and Social Control, the journal invites academics, practitioners and activists to think critically about the concepts of justice and power, and what the implications of these are for the lives of people most affected by social harms. The focus on resistance is reflective of the endeavour to move this critical knowledge to social action, to harness ways that crimes and harms of the powerful in particular can be resisted, and to support wider understandings of how to mitigate penal expansionism and mitigate harms and violence.

The editors welcome theoretical, normative and empirical studies from interdisciplinary perspectives including sociology, zemiology, geography, law, history, criminology, penology, philosophy, social policy and social theory from scholars and activists. The journal is also committed to enhancing communication and collaboration across critical and radical networks.

Consequently, it welcomes open submissions in the following forms:

  • Research articles of 6,000-8,000 words
  • Interventions (including short papers, campaign updates, personal reflections and (auto)biographical accounts) of up to 2,000 words
  • Book reviews of up to 2,000 words

The journal also publishes and welcomes ideas for themed special issues.

The scope of the journal includes a range of topics including the critical analysis of social harms; theories of state power, authority and legitimacy; gendered and racialised violence; the politics of social control; class, poverty and marginalisation; the legacies of colonialism, neo-colonialism and post colonialism; penal policies and penal practices; harms of the powerful; criminalisation; comparative studies and internationalist standpoints; abolitionist perspectives, social movements engaged in direct struggles of resistance and contestation; interventionist strategies and radical alternatives promoting human rights, social justice and democratic accountability.

Editorial team
The editorial team is led by Co-Editors, Jon Burnett (Swansea University, UK), Ida Nafstad (Lund University, Sweden), Lisa White (University of Lincoln, UK) and Consulting Editor, Vicky Canning (University of Bristol, UK). Details of the wider editorial team and board will be announced soon.

Call for Papers: Pandemics, Policing and Protest
Be among the first to publish in the re-launched Justice, Power and Resistance. Our first issue will be published in September 2021. It is a special double issue on ‘Pandemics, Policing and Protest’. Please see our Call for Papers for further information.

Abstracts of 300 words should be sent to jprjournal@outlook.com by 1 December 2020.

JPR also welcomes open submissions for subsequent issues of the journal. Instructions for authors will be available soon. In the meantime please contact the Editors with any questions: jprjournal@outlook.com.