with the British Society of Criminology Southern Branch
Please Note: All seminars begin at 6:30, participants are welcome to join for an informal welcome from 6pm
All seminars will be held at 32 Lincoln's Inn Fields, room LG.03
14 October 2015 Alistair Fraser (Glasgow): Urban Legends: Gang Identity in the Post-Industrial City. Details here.
Chair: Tim Newburn, LSE
As the youth gang phenomenon becomes a sensitive global issue, communities from Los Angeles to Rio, Cape Town to London are facing the reality of what such violent groups mean for their children and young people. Complex dangers and instabilities, as well as high levels of public fear and anger, fuel an amplification of anxious public and political rhetoric in relation to gangs, in which the stereotype of the American street-gang looms large. Set against this backdrop, this paper tells a story of young people, gang identity, and social change in post-industrial Glasgow, challenging the perceptions of gangs as a novel, universal, or pathological phenomenon. Though territorial gangs have been reported in Glasgow for over a century, with striking continuities over time, there are also important similarities with street-based groups elsewhere. Drawing on four years of varied ethnographic fieldwork in Langview, a deindustrialised working-class community, the paper spotlights the everyday experiences and understandings of gangs for young people growing up in the area, reasoning that - for some - gang identification represents a root of identity and a route to masculinity, in a post-industrial city that has little space for them.
11 November 2015 Harry Annison (Southampton): ‘On Dangerous Politics'
Chair: Robert Reiner, LSE
9 December 2015 Angus Nurse (Middlesex): ‘Green Criminology’
13 January 2016 Jonathan Ilan (Kent): ‘Understanding Street Culture Poverty, Crime, Youth and Cool’
Chair: Insa Koch, LSE
10 February 2016 Sarah Kingston (Lancashire): Women Who Buy Sex
Chair: Meredith Rossner, LSE
9 March 2016 Lisa Miller (Rutgers): 'The Myth of Mob Rule: Violent Crime and Democratic Politics'
Chair: Nicola Lacey: LSE
11 May 2016 Caroline Hoyle (Oxford): 'Discretion and decision-making at the Criminal Cases Review Commission'
Chair: Leo Cheliotis, LSE
8 June 2016 Nicholas Lord (Manchester): 'Regulating Corporate Bribery in International Business: anti-corruption in the UK and Germany' (joint winner of the BSC Book Prize for 2015)
Chair: Marianne Colbran, LSE