Leaving a 'Stain Upon the Silence': Contemporary Criminology and the Politics of Dissent

Posted: 16 Jul 2008

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Joe Sim

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Steve Tombs

John Moores University

Dave Whyte

University of Stirling - Department of Applied Social Science

Date Written: May 2004

Abstract

If academic criminology currently stands in rude health, this obscures a range of deeply disturbing trends in the content of the discipline. We begin by exploring the recent boom in Home Office funded research in criminology, examining the key theoretical and empirical issues that have been both included and excluded from the official research agenda. The content and expanding nature of this agenda is then placed within the wider context of the entrepreneurialisation of universities, particularly with respect to the marketisation of academic research and the disciplinary, self-regulatory effects that follow from this. As a paradigmatic process within these wider trends, we subject the Research Assessment Exercise to critical scrutiny. We conclude by noting some strategies that criminologists might pursue to combat the increasingly narrow and pernicious research agenda funded and sanctioned by the state.

Suggested Citation

Sim, Joe and Tombs, Steve and Whyte, Dave, Leaving a 'Stain Upon the Silence': Contemporary Criminology and the Politics of Dissent (May 2004). The British Journal of Criminology, Vol. 44, Issue 3, pp. 369-390, 2004. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1160533 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/crimin/369

Joe Sim

affiliation not provided to SSRN

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Steve Tombs

John Moores University

Rodney Street
Liverpool, Merseyside L1 5UX
United Kingdom

Dave Whyte

University of Stirling - Department of Applied Social Science ( email )

Stirling, Scotland FK9 4LA
United Kingdom

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