ISRF Bulletin

Edited by Dr Lars Cornelissen

Towards a Cultural Approach to Dangerousness in Criminal Justice

Alcatraz prison cells

What place does the concept of dangerousness occupy in criminal justice and criminalisation? Instead of seeing dangerousness as a characteristic of serious and persistent criminals, we should investigate its pervasive role in criminal justice, question its socio-affective allure, and unpick the problematic but intimate relation between criminal justice, structural inequalities, and oppression.

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Finishing Time, ‘I-Poems,’ and the ‘Pains of Release’ into the Community After Punishment

The ‘Finishing Time’ project makes use of timelines and images with graduates from a prisoner resettlement scheme, which are then used to compose ‘i-poems’. What can these i-poems reveal about alternative rehabilitative conceptualisations of wellbeing and meaning beyond the notion of released subjects as risky and potentially transgressive?

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Race-Blind: Rethinking a French-American Conversation

View of Chatou, a banlieue west of Paris

The official “race-blind” orientation of the French state is often perceived as an oddity by American observers. When it comes to understanding recent racialized conflicts on both sides of the Atlantic, however, it is important not to lose sight of important distinctions between the two countries that have a direct impact on how racial matters are managed and mobilized.

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