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Useful Resources


P. Freire (1996) Pedagogy of the Oppressed (St Ives: Pengiun Books, 2nd edition)

C. Dweck (2008) Mindset: The New Psychology of Success (New York: Ballantine Books)

C. Smith (2010) What is a Person? Rethinking Humanity, Social Life and the Moral Good from the Person Up (Chicago: University of Chicago Press)

D. Wilson and A. Reuss (eds) (2000) Prison(er) Education: Stories of Change and Transformation (Winchester: Waterside Press) 

Articles and talks 

S. Maruna (2011) ‘Re-entry as a rite of passage’ 13(1) Punishment & Society 3-28

P. Hirschfield and A. Piquero (2010) ‘Normalization and legitimation: modelling stigmatizing attitudes towards ex-offenders’ 48(1) Criminology 27-55

B. Brown ‘The power of vulnerability’:

C. Dweck ‘The power of believing that you can improve’:


Our Aims

The primary aims of the Centre are to:

  • bring together research interests relating to community sanctions (with a European and international as well as a national focus), gender, crime and justice
  • develop the links between criminal justice and social justice
  • give students and colleagues working in these broad areas a clear identity.   

A second, but no less important, objective is to use the Centre as a base from which to apply for research funding. 

Thirdly, the Centre links academic and practitioner related interests - organising a number of workshops with members of the National Probation Service, Community Rehabilitation Companies, voluntary organisations and youth justice agencies. 

The Centre holds occasional seminars and workshops and runs a monthly reading group.