Emerald Studies In Activist Criminology

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Series description

Emerald Studies in Activist Criminology is a platform working to identify and address the harms of criminalisation and expansive social controls. It draws together academics, activists, progressive policy-makers and practitioners to encourage cutting edge engagement on topics to effect positive social change.

The historical relationships between criminology and activism are contentious. Since criminology in its administrative forms can facilitate increases in state and cultural controls, and was formed within this nexus of social order, the discipline is often complicit in acting on behalf of states and state-corporate collaborators. Critical criminology and zemiology, by contrast, have nurtured conditions under which power and hierarchy can be more fully addressed from radical perspectives, specifically in challenging state-centric focuses on crimes of the powerless. It is from these positions that Emerald Studies in Activist Criminology encourages engagement with those working against negative impacts of crime controls on the lives of intersectionally disadvantaged groups in society.

Emerald Studies in Activist Criminology seeks to examine the history of both recent and more established justice campaigns and interventions. It extends across a range of pre-existing sub-fields of criminology that engage in questions of effecting progressive change through activism, such as feminist criminology, juvenile justice, migrant rights, corporate and state crime, green/environmental criminology, sentencing and wrongful conviction, prisons, corrections and abolitionism, and justice for victim/survivors of harm and crime. Campaigns and movements – defensive and progressive – around these issues define what we mean by ‘activist’, while we view ‘criminology’ in its broadest, inter-disciplinary and social science inflected version.

This series welcomes submissions from activist scholars and practitioners working in and around the terrain of criminology, broadly defined, and particularly those working with grassroot and non-governmental organisations. The series seeks to publish texts in a variety of formats, including traditional monographs, handbooks and edited collections, as well as shorter practice-based interventions that have potential to form policy briefs accessible to people and organisations working beyond academia.

To that end, we are interested in receiving submissions on, but not limited to, the following topics:

  • Mitigating harms of confinement, including prisons, semi-penal institutions and immigration detention, and other forms of institutional violence
  • Campaigns for de-criminalisation, de-carceration and abolitionism
  • Challenges to state and corporate/white collar crime and harm
  • Feminist activism and interventions
  • Activism against racism, Islamophobia and xenophobia, including harmful border practices
  • Challenges to crimes and harms to non-human animals, eco-crimes and eco-harms
  • Work around victims, victimisation and victimology
  • Critiques of the historical origins of criminology, including its early yet ongoing connections to the state, as well as the colonial foundations and legacies of criminology
  • Reflections on ways of conceptualising activism in criminology, including questions of method and methodology in documenting and challenging corporate and state power

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

Victoria Canning
University of Bristol, UK

Greg Martin
The University of Sydney, Australia

Steve Tombs
The Open University, UK