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European group for the study of deviance and social control – conference 2010


Title: Criminology in Greece Today
Edition in Honour of: Stergios Alexiadis
Editing: Stratos Georgoulas
Publicated: ΚΨΜ

Athens, 2007

38th Annual Conference of the European Group for the Study of Deviance and Social Control

The Politics of Criminology




01st – 05th September 2010

The Department of Sociology and the Laboratory of Sociology of Youth, Leisure and Sports, University of the Aegean
Mytilene - Lesvos, Greece





From Howard Becker’s 1967 exhortation, ‘Whose side are we on?’ the issue of the politics of criminology has continued to be a significant theme in academic debate, policy implementation and legal reform. Variously identified as ‘technicians of the State’ or ‘apologists for criminal justice’, administrative criminologists have been criticized as functioning primarily to ‘manage’ the consequences and conflict of structural inequalities in advanced democratic states. They are represented as necessary and willing functionaries in what Nils Christie termed the ‘social control industry’. What critical analysis has established is that in official definition, popular discourse and state intervention ‘crime’ and ‘conflict’ are political; in the processes of recording and reporting, measurement and targeting, policing and punishment. The conference invites papers on any aspect of the theme, including theoretical debates and controversies in critical analysis, primary research, global trends and international comparisons. Suggestions are:

  • Critical histories of criminology
  • Theorizing power, authority and legitimacy
  • Knowledge, ideology and hegemony
  • The nation-state in a global context
  • ‘Crimes of the powerful’; ‘Crimes of the powerless’
  • The politics of imprisonment and detention
  • Class, poverty and marginalization
  • Gender, power and feminist critiques
  • Neo-colonialism, migration and borders
  • Criminalizing children and young people
  • Reflections on ‘harm’
  • Green criminology and harms against nature and non-human species
  • Challenging the state and the politics of resistance


The conference will also celebrate the life, work and memory of Karen Leander 1949-2009. Papers are invited particularly on Gender and violence.



Further details of the conference venue and related information can be viewed at

Abstracts to be submitted by 30 June 2010, to Assistant Professor Dr. Stratos Georgoulas.
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Tel: (+30) 2251036538.