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Crime Control and Social Policy

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About the Course

In this course, Dr Eveleigh Buck-Matthews (Birmingham City University) explores crime control and social policy. In the first lecture, we think about social order and social control, reviewing who holds power in society and some key theories which seek to explain the occurrence of criminal behaviour. In the second lecture, we think about crime control and the link between its methodologies and the issue of power. In the third lecture, we think about the origin of formal crime prevention in the form of the police force, as well as ten modern principles of crime prevention. Next, we think about the evolution of punishment through time and current criticisms of its use. In the fifth and final lecture, we think about social policy and crime, divided into left and right wing perspectives.

About the Lecturer

Dr Eveleigh Buck-Matthews is a lecturer in criminology in the School of Social Sciences at Birmingham City University. Dr Buck-Matthews’ research interests are in green criminology, protest and activism, and Participatory Action Research (PAR) methods. Some of Dr Buck-Matthews’ recent publications include ‘We, ourselves and us: tensions of identity, intersubjectivity and positionality stemming from the people and dancefloors project, Special Issue in International Journal of Drug Research.’ (2020) and ‘Review of Gender and Rock by Kearney, M. [2017] International Association for the Study of Popular Music Journal’ (2018).