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The Centre for Criminology & Sociolegal Studies is pleased to announce the publication of three new books by our Centre faculty.

Dr. Mariana Valverde’s Michel Foucault, part of Routledge’s Key Thinkers in Criminology series: Mariana Valverde clearly explains the insights that Foucault’s rich body of work provides about different practices found in the fields of law, security, justice, and punishment; and how these insights have been used or could be used to understand and explain issues and policies that Foucault himself did not write about, including those that had not yet emerged during his lifetime. This book explores the theoretical contribution of Michel Foucault to the fields of criminology, law, justice and penology. It surveys both the ways in which the work of Foucault has been applied in criminology, but also how his work can be used to understand and explain contemporary issues and policies. Moreover, this book seeks to dispel some of the common misconceptions about the relevance of Foucault’s work to criminology and law.

Beatrice coverDr. Beatrice Jauregui’s Provisional Authority: Police, Order, and Security in India: Provocative and compelling, Provisional Authority provides a rare and disquieting look inside the world of police in India, and shines critical light on an institution fraught with moral, legal and political contradictions. Policing as a global form is often fraught with excessive violence, corruption, and even criminalization. These sorts of problems are especially omnipresent in postcolonial nations such as India, where Beatrice Jauregui has spent several years studying the day-to-day lives of police officers in its most populous state, Uttar Pradesh. In this book, she offers an empirically rich and theoretically innovative look at the great puzzle of police authority in contemporary India and its relationship to social order, democratic governance, and security.

Read Prof. Jauregui’s essay on “Humanity, Intersectionality, Inclusion,” in which she reconsiders postcolonial police violence and social justice via Canada and India. It is part of Anthropoliteia’s #BlackLivesMatterSyllabus Project.

Dr. Honor Brabazon has published an edited collection titled Understanding the Role of Law in the Neoliberal Project:

Neoliberalism has been studied as a political ideology, an historical moment, an economic programme, an institutional model, and a totalising political project. Yet the role of law in the neoliberal story has been relatively neglected, and the idea of neoliberalism as a juridical project has yet to be considered. That is: neoliberal law and its interrelations with neoliberal politics and economics has remained almost entirely neglected as a subject of research and debate. This book provides a systematic attempt to develop a holistic and coherent understanding of the relationship between law and neoliberalism. It does not, however, examine law and neoliberalism as fixed entities or as philosophical categories. And neither is its objective to uncover or devise a ‘law of neoliberalism’. Instead, it uses empirical evidence to explore and theorise the relationship between law and neoliberalism as dynamic and complex social phenomena. Developing a nuanced concept of ‘neoliberal legality’, neoliberalism, it is argued here, is as much a juridical project as a political and economic one. And it is only in understanding the juridical thrust of neoliberalism that we can hope to fully comprehend the specificities, and continuities, of the neoliberal period as a whole.


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October 2016 Newsletter

Criminological HighlightsCriminological Highlights is designed to provide an accessible look at some of the more interesting criminological research that is currently being published. Its focus is on research that is policy relevant. It is produced by a group of about a dozen academics and professional librarians including faculty from the University of Toronto and nearby universities and doctoral students at the University of Toronto. The project is directed by Anthony Doob and Rosemary Gartner.

In the Current Issue (Vol 16, No 3), we ask:

  1. Are dark-skinned Blacks especially likely to be imprisoned?
  2. Why is some form of criminal record expungement especially important now?
  3. Are neighbourhoods with large numbers of registered sex offenders living in them especially likely to have high rates of sex offences?
  4. Are Black youths living on the street particularly vulnerable to being stopped and searched by the police?
  5. Do curfews for youths reduce crime?
  6. What determines whether airport security procedures are perceived as being fair?
  7. Why do young Black Americans perceive the criminal justice system as unjust?
  8. How did New York City reduce its imprisonment rate?

Special Issues:

  1. Research on Public Confidence in the Criminal Justice System
  2. The Effects of Imprisonment: Specific Deterrence and Collateral Effects
  3. Issues related to Harsh Sentences and Mandatory Minimum Sentences: General Deterrence and Incapacitation


sch_adam_ellisPhD student Adam Ellis was named a 2016 Vanier Scholar in support of his project, “Reconceptualizing Urban Warfare in Canada: Exploring the Relationship between Trauma, PTSD and Gang Violence.” Adam is not new to the field of criminology. With an MA in Immigration and Settlement from Ryerson University, he has worked on several research projects focusing on mental health and the law, including topics on gang violence, organized crime and refugee determination. He has provided consultancy on mental health and criminal justice-related issues with a variety of public and private institutions including the United Nations, At Home Chez Sois Project, the Provincial/Federal Courts, the Ontario Review Board, and community organizations interphasing between mental health and justice.

IMG_0585Adam joins our 2015 Vanier Scholar Jihyun Kwon, whose dissertation is titled, “From Rhetoric to Reality of Officer Oversight: Learning how Police and Correctional Management and Oversight Policies are Formulated and Implemented.” JiHyun came to Canada from Daeugu, South Korea in 2005. She completed a BA in Sociology at McGill University in Montreal, before coming to Toronto. As an MA student at the Centre, she worked with Dr. Scot Wortley and Dr. Kelly Hannah-Moffatt on issues around penal boundaries and other punishment-related topics. In recognition of her work, JiHyun was also awarded the Centre’s John Ll. J Edwards Award 2014, presented to the MA student with the most outstanding overall performance.

Congratulations to both for this well-deserved honour!


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undergraduateGraduateThe Centre for Criminology & Sociolegal Studies is a research and teaching unit at the University of Toronto. Founded in 1963 by Professor John Edwards, the Centre’s faculty and students study crime, order and security from a variety of disciplinary perspectives and theoretical approaches. With backgrounds in sociology, history, law, psychology, philosophy and political science, the faculty are actively engaged in Canadian and international criminological research.

The Centre for Criminology & Sociolegal Studies offers a graduate program for masters and doctoral students. The undergraduate Criminology and Sociolegal Studies Program is administered through the Woodsworth College. The Centre’s library (the Criminology Information Service) houses the leading Canadian research collection of criminological material, consisting of more than 25, 000 books, journals, government reports, statistics and other documents.