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Title: Seasons, Senses, Spaces: Discerning the Social Choreography of the Penal Field
Author(s): Graham, Hannah
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Keywords: Probation
offender supervision
criminal justice
penal field
penal architectures
Issue Date: 18-Jun-2015
Date Deposited: 20-Jul-2017
Publisher: COST - European Cooperation in Science and Technology
Citation: Graham H (2015) Seasons, Senses, Spaces: Discerning the Social Choreography of the Penal Field.Offender Supervision in Europe COST Action IS1106 18.06.2015.
Abstract: Considering the penal field, including its practices and cultures, creates space for simultaneous (self) reflection on ourselves as criminological actors (and our respective disciplinary allegiances, cultures and ‘habitus’ as Bourdieu would say, as ‘seers’ and ‘knowers’ of the penal field). The leitmotif of this COST Action network is its culture. It encompasses a remarkable and rare combination of productivity, creativity, empirical integrity, and epistemological humility. I affirm Prof Stef’ Decoene's observation that a palpable sense of joy and camaraderie exists among COST network researchers, creating a special atmosphere infrequently observed in other academic forums of the same size. In the following sub-sections, I summarise some of the network’s compelling characteristics and contributions across three inter-related spheres, using the metaphors of ‘seasons’, ‘senses’ and ‘spaces’. Interwoven within this is a reflexive critique of what I see as some of the wider issues affecting criminology and criminal justice research, demarcating why the work of this COST Action network is distinctive.
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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