Teaching Activist Criminology in the Neoliberal University

O'Sullivan, Aidan (2023) Teaching Activist Criminology in the Neoliberal University. In: The Emerald International Handbook of Activist Criminology. Emerald. ISBN 9781802622003

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This chapter analyses the degree to which the UK Higher Education (UKHE) Sector can offer spaces for students to critically reflect on topics relevant to activist criminology such as zemiology or abolitionism as opposed to constructing the criminal justice system (CJS) as a natural solution for crimes and social harms. This chapter argues for the importance of this topic due to deepening institutional links between universities and criminal justice agencies in the name of professionalisation for the latter (Hallenberg & Cockroft, 2017). This chapter proposes that to avoid criminology curricula merely reproducing the priorities and solutions of the CJS, it should turn to the liberatory pedagogy of Paolo Freire (1996). This includes teaching practices to encourage recognition of social movements and resistance against harms of states, corporations, or the CJS as legitimate foci in the criminology curriculum.

Item Type: Book Section
9 August 2023Published
Uncontrolled Keywords: activist criminology, critical criminology, higher education, pedagogy, neoliberalism, social movements
Subjects: CAH15 - social sciences > CAH15-01 - sociology, social policy and anthropology > CAH15-01-02 - sociology
Divisions: Faculty of Business, Law and Social Sciences > School of Social Sciences > Criminology and Sociology
Depositing User: Aidan O'sullivan
Date Deposited: 18 Mar 2024 14:23
Last Modified: 18 Mar 2024 14:23
URI: https://www.open-access.bcu.ac.uk/id/eprint/15303

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