Convict Criminology: Provocazioni da Oltreoceano. La Ricerca Etnografica in Carcere

Teresa Degenhardt, Francesca Vianello

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This review essay describes the New School of Convict Criminology through an analysis of its main manifesto and some of the more recent articles which have been published on the subject. It suggests that this new brand of criminology is placed on a continuum with the established tradition of critical criminology without arriving at its most radical consequences: abolitionism. The school’s endeavor is that of launching a “realist criminology” able to change prisoners’ conditions and facilitating their re-entry in society, starting from consideration of their personal needs rather than from legislative issues. The School which was led by John Irwin is constituted by former prisoners and embrace ethnographic research as the only way to understand inmates’ conditions.
Original languageItalian
Pages (from-to)9-23
Number of pages15
JournalStudi sulla Questione Criminale
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2010

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