Collaborative Research Networks
Collaborative Research Networks (CRNs) were formed at the 2000 Annual Meeting of the Law and Society Association (LSA) in Miami to facilitate international research collaboration in selected topics for presentation at the meeting in Budapest in July 2001. The CRNs met twice at the meeting in Miami Beach. They have continued their work, primarily by electronic means and by organising sessions at subsequent Law and Society Association meetings.
CRNs bring together scholars from all parts of the world.
CRN 27 Punishment & Social Control
The chief objective of our CRN is to bring together seasoned and younger scholars from multiple disciplinary fields and perspectives who are engaged in studying the regressive impacts of formal and informal punitive and social control regimes on community life, within carceral institutions, and implications for governance. We also invite those involved in studying the progressive impacts of rehabilitation and restorative programs across these various spheres of inquiry.
Finally, we invite scholars interested in the ways formally and informally organized groups engage in acts of contestation and resistance from a multitude of perspectives. We also hope the CRN will serve as a vehicle for organizing cross-disciplinary and cross-national research, discussion, and debate on this ever important and growing agenda of research and to create opportunities for alliances with social justice and human rights organizations.
Specifically, we want to foster dialogue and collaboration between scholars passionate about understanding (1) the closed environment of carceral institutions (prisons, hospitals, and other private and public enclosures) ; (2) the ramifications of formal and informal social control practices on the geographies and experiences of individuals, families, communities, and societies; (3) the history and contemporary (or dialectical) forms of penal oppression on socially aggrieved groups across axes of race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, and ability and; (4) the consequences of increased technological capabilities and growing surveillance regimes on current punishment and social control regimes.
Ben Fleury-Steiner, University of Delaware, USA
Hadar Aviram, UC-Hastings College of Law, USA