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Title: Doctors outwith borders: Reflections on academic activism and influence
Author(s): Graham, Hannah
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Keywords: academic activism
academic citizenship
public criminology
public sociology
public intellectuals
social justice
public engagement
community engagement
knowledge exchange
applied social science
social movements
Issue Date: 24-Jul-2017
Date Deposited: 24-Jul-2017
Publisher: University of Glasgow
Citation: Graham H (2017) Doctors outwith borders: Reflections on academic activism and influence.University of Glasgow Sociology blog 24.07.2017.
Abstract: This is a subjective, reflexive piece on academic activism and influence. It harnesses personal reflections to identify issues and opportunities involved in engaging with others in pursuit of change. In some but not all cases, our work as criminologists and sociologists and, indeed, our lives can be enriched by participatory public engagement, including in social movements. Excellence in published criminology and sociology can be nourished and reciprocally influenced by a calibre of public criminology and sociology, knowing and being known by diverse citizens, publics and parliaments, working to build better futures and more just and civil societies, together. Yet, sometimes our moral and political convictions and participation in social movements may or may not have direct links with our research, academic CV, institutional affiliation, or disciplinary field. Sometimes they amalgamate facets of our lives and intellectual commitments in hyphenated or hybridised ways. Ethical and, indeed, effectual academic activism and influence is prudently anchored in academic citizenship and service, in a civic commitment to justice and human flourishing. For criminologists, this means a commitment that may transcend a narrow focus on criminal justice. Academic citizenship is an important opportunity to listen, learn and lead. Meaningful influence rarely abides in esoteric echo chambers. Insularity, indifference or inaction are not desirable outworkings of sociological and criminological imaginations, nor are they noble uses of academic freedom, time, voice, capital or power. For me, citizenship and a civic commitment to justice looks like something. 
Type: Blog Post/Website Contribution
Rights: Author retains copyright. Proper attribution of authorship and correct citation details should be given.
Affiliation: Sociology, Social Policy & Criminology

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