Crime, Surveillance, Security and Justice

Research aimed at contributing to a more inclusive and just social existence for all

The Crime, Surveillance, Security and Justice thematic group aims to bring together researchers, policy-makers and practitioners interested in a broad range of questions regarding the historical and contemporary terrain of Crime, Surveillance, Security and Justice.

We seek to explore, analyse and debate how each of these areas, and their intersections, are shaped by shifts in social, political, cultural and economic relations at a local, regional, national and global level.

Key guiding questions are:

  • Crime: what shapes the ways in which some practices are deemed criminal yet others not? What changes are occurring in the way that we process and respond to crime? What impacts do established and emerging approaches to crime have on broader social relations?
  • Surveillance: what do we know about contemporary surveillance practices within and beyond the state? What theoretical tools help us to gain better insights into the relationships between surveillance and crime, security and justice?
  • Security: what techniques influence perceptions and practices relating to security? How do the different ways of conceptualizing security shape social, political and institutional practices relating to crime, surveillance and justice?
  • Justice: how do crime, surveillance and security practices assist in promoting or undermining substantive justice? To what extent is justice achieved in historical and contemporary responses to crime?

CSSJ will foster innovative research in these areas with the aim of contributing to a more inclusive and just social existence for all.

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