Recent Publications

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Dr. Mariana Valverde’s Michel Foucault (2017), 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 (2017):

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.

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Dr. Honor Brabazon has published an edited collection titled Understanding the Role of Law in the Neoliberal Project (2017):

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.


Centre PhD alumna Sarah Turnbull, now teaching at the School of Law at Birkbeck, as released a book on UBC Press titled Parole in Canada: Gender and Diversity in the Federal System (2016).





Professor Matt Light‘s latest book Fragile Migration Rights- Freedom of Movement in post-Soviet Russia (2016) has been released on Routledge.





ChronotopesProfessor Mariana Valverde’s latest book Chronotopes of Law was published in 2015. For more information or purchase, visit Routledge.





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Professor Matt Light and former Centre postdoc and CLTA assistant professor Gavin Slade have co-edited a special issue of Theoretical Criminology on crime and criminal justice in the post-Soviet region. The collection aims to bring problems of public order in this important world region to the attention of a largely English-speaking professional criminology audience, and includes review essays on a broad range of topics, including the changing roles of prosecutors and judges, police, and prisons; official corruption and organized crime; homicide; and Skinhead violence. In addition, the widely read political blog “The Monkey Cage,” hosted by the Washington Post, features an introduction and write-up of the special issue.


Gartner- McCarthyProfessor Rosemary Gartner co-edited the latest Oxford Handbook of Gender, Sex, and Crime.





Professor Mariana Valverde’s book, Everyday Law on the Street: City Governance in an Age of Diversity, in 2012. For more information or to purchase, visit the University of Chicago Press