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Robert Reiner wins the British Society of Criminology Outstanding Achievement Award 2011

Congratulations to Professor Robert Reiner who has been awarded the British Society of Criminology Outstanding Achievement Award 2011, reflecting his outstanding contribution to the discipline of Criminology.

From the BSC website:

Professor Robert Reiner is this year’s British Society of Criminology Outstanding Achievement Award winner.

In their nomination, Robert’s nominators – Simon Winlow of the University of York and Steve Hall, Teesside University – said:   “Robert’s long and hugely productive career is now drawing to a close, and we believe his contribution to criminology, and to the BSC, fully deserves this recognition. Robert has for many years been one of the most informed and critical commentators of crime and criminal justice. Much of his published work has addressed policing and the politics of crime control, but he is by no means a narrow specialist. His work has spanned many associated fields, and he has consistently displayed a willingness to engage in public debates about crime and policing, while at the same time engaging in more abstract theoretical discussions with his peers and continuing to communicate his passion for criminology to those new to the field”.

Ashgate is delighted to be publishing Robert Reiner’s book Policing, Popular Culture and Economy: Towards a Social Democratic Criminology in September 2011.

Policing, Popular Culture and Political Economy

Visit our website for more information on this and other titles in the Pioneers in Contemporary Criminology series.

Is it Rape? On Acquaintance Rape and Taking Women’s Consent Seriously

This is a topic which remains very relevant, and Joan MacGregor’s book Is it Rape? On Acquaintance Rape and Taking Women’s Consent Seriously analyses the ethical and legal problems that arise in connection with acquaintance rape cases.

Is it Rape?

The author discusses with great clarity and precision the complexities involved in notions such as consent, force, autonomy, power, intention and the impairment of responsibility through drugs, alcohol and mental illness.

Read the first chapter on our website

 ‘…an informative, lucid book…In explaining why acquaintance rape is often fraught with ambiguity and confusion, she displays a reasoned and substantial knowledge of the relevant philosophical literature on rape and the legal scholarship…. Recommended.’ Choice

‘The layout of McGregor’s book makes it an accessible and stimulating read… Is it rape? deserves to be read by theologians, lawyers, sociologists, and anyone interested in the ethical and legal questions surrounding rape… This is an admirable contribution, not only to the Lives Questions in Ethics and Moral Philosophy series, but also to the all too often neglected victims of rape, whose story needs to be told in a new light… Is it Rape? is a book that few would dare to write but even fewer would succeed. Neither can be said of Joan McGregor.’ Ethical Perspectives

‘This is an intelligent and insightful book. It reflects a contemporary perspective on sexuality. It is directly and engagingly written, and will inform a wide audience with interests in legal reform, sexual offences, and greater equality for women.’ Philosophy in Review

Security and the Olympics

Posted by Claire Jarvis, Commissioning Editor for Sociology

Often seen as the host nation’s largest ever logistical undertaking, accommodating the Olympics and its attendant security infrastructure brings seismic changes to both the physical and social geography of its destination.

Thursday’s announcement that G4S, the official security provider at the 2012 Olympics, has ordered an internal investigation following the arrest of two of its guards on suspicion of possessing explosives, has once again highlighted how defence of the Olympic site has become a central feature of the planning process.

Securing and Sustaining the Olympic City

Securing and Sustaining the Olympic City is a new book from Pete Fussey, (University of Essex, UK), Jon Coaffee, (University of Birmingham UK), Gary Armstrong, (Brunel University, UK) and Dick Hobbs, (University of Essex, UK), which explores the logistical issues of both developing and securitizing the Olympic neighbourhood in Stratford, East London.

Through analyzing the social and community impact of the 2012 Games and its security operation on East London, this book concludes by considering the key debates as to whether utopian visions of legacy can be sustained given the demands of providing a global securitized event of the magnitude of the modern Olympics.


‘Mega-events such as the Olympics have become vehicles for different forms of transformation. To date, however, such events have largely escaped mainstream academic scrutiny. With the Olympics arriving at the heart of London this situation is apt to change, and Securing and Sustaining the Olympic City is a crucial resource for helping us to understand how these Games will shape the vital issues of urban securitization and sustainability for decades to come in one of the great cities of the world.’   Kevin Haggerty, University of Alberta, Canada

‘This is a very interesting interdisciplinary study of the security construction for the London 2012 Olympic Games, which enriches the nascent field of Olympic Security. Its documented analysis of the serious “glocal” security processes and their social impacts are very important and useful not only for the London Olympic City’s specific case, but for all future Olympics and sporting mega-events.’   Minas Samatas, University of Crete, Greece

Stockholm Criminology Symposium, 14-16 June 2010, Stockholm, Sweden

Alison Kirk, Ashgate’s Publisher for Law and Legal Studies, will be attending the Stockholm Criminology Symposium, 14-16 June 2010, Stockholm, Sweden. If you will be there, do come along and say Hello.

From the conference website:

One of the themes for the 2010 is Improving Policing and will feature a broad selection of innovative approaches and police methods as well as research findings from different parts of the world.

It has also become a tradition that the symposium presents a number of panels under the theme Contemporary Criminology. This theme covers a broad range of areas of criminology and crime policy and provides an updated overview of the current state of knowledge.


American Society of Criminology conference 4-7 November 2009, Philadelphia

Eric Levy, Commissioning Editor for Law for Ashgate, will be attending the 2009 American Society of Criminology annual meeting in Philadelphia. We are delighted that our author and series editor David Nelken will be presented with the ASC 2009 Sellin-Glueck Award at this meeting.

In February this year, Ashgate published a collection of David Nelken’s writings in Beyond Law in Context: Developing a Sociological Understanding of Law (Collected Essays in Law series). David Nelken is also the series editor for a number of Ashgate series, including Advances in Criminology, the International Library of Criminology, Criminal Justice and Penology – Second Series (with Gerry Mars), and the new series Pioneers in Contemporary Criminology.

Children’s Rights and the Minimum Age of Criminal Responsibility

We recently attended the European Society of Criminology Conference at the University of Ljubljana, Slovenia, where there was a lot of interest in Don Cipriani’s book Children’s Rights and the Minimum Age of Criminal Responsibility

This brilliantly sparkling and inclusive meditation on the pivotal but obscure question of when children become criminally culpable is required reading for all who care for child justice. Cipriani insists on the bewildering complexity of setting a minimum age of criminal responsibility which subjects children above it to penal procedures and punishment, while rooting his analysis in the practical challenges of lurching toward a coherent system of child rights.
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