Emerald Studies In Culture, Criminal Justice And The Arts

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Series description

Emerald Studies in Culture, Criminal Justice and the Arts aims to take criminological inquiry in new and imaginative directions. The series publishes books that represent all forms of criminal justice from an ‘arts’ or ‘cultural’ perspective, and that have something new to tell us about space, place and sensory experience as they relate to forms of justice. Building on emergent interest in the ‘cultural’, ‘autoethnographic’, ‘emotional’, ‘visual’, ‘narrative’ and ‘sensory’ in Criminology, books in the series will introduce readers to imaginative forms of inspiration that deepen our conceptual understanding of the lived experience of punishment and of the process of researching within the criminal justice system, as well as discussing the more well-rehearsed problems of cultural representations of justice.

Specifically, Emerald Studies in Culture, Criminal Justice and the Arts provides a platform for original research that explores the myriad ways in which architecture, design, aesthetics, hauntology, atmospheres, fine art, graffiti, visual broadcast media and many other ‘cultural’ perspectives are utilized as ways of seeing and understanding the enduring persistence of, and fascination with, the formal institutions of criminal justice and punishment. The series welcomes books on any forms of criminal (in)justice in any country or jurisdiction, providing the issue, process, institution or phenomenon is explored in a visual, narrative or sensory mode. The series also encourages contributions from disciplines and fields outside Criminology, including Law, History, Media Studies, Cultural Studies, Art and Art History, Architecture, Human/Carceral Geography, English Literature, Creative Writing, Gender Studies, Philosophy and Sociology. Proposals from visual artists and critics are also encouraged. The series welcomes books in a variety of formats, e.g. full-length monographs, Emerald Points, edited collections, conference proceedings and Handbooks.

To these ends, we are interested in receiving submissions on, but not limited to, the following:

  • the material, physical and spatial aspects of justice and punishment
  • sensory experiences of criminal justice processes and practices
  • artistic, visual and/or literary representations of justice and injustice in historical and contemporary perspectives
  • analyses of graphic art, street art or graffiti as they pertain to justice and punishment
  • the architecture, aesthetics, atmospheres and iconography of courts, police stations, prisons and places of detention
  • autobiographical and auto-ethnographic accounts of justice
  • Work around victims, victimisation and victimology
  • fictional treatments of justice and punishment that would be of interest to scholars
  • digital technology and justice
  • media representations of criminal justice

To submit a proposal to this series, please contact the series editors via email:

Yvonne Jewkes
University of Bath, UK
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Travis Linnemann
Kansas State University, USA
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Sarah Moore
University of Bath, UK
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