Convict criminology is the study of criminology by those who have first-hand experience of imprisonment. This is the first single-authored book to trace the emergence of convict criminology and explore its relevance beyond the USA to the UK and other parts of Europe.
Addressing epistemological issues of ‘insider research’, it presents uniquely reflexive scholarship combining personal experience with critical perspectives on contemporary penality. Taking a gendered approach and focusing explicitly on men, it covers:
• the way prisoners, ex-prisoners and prison research contribute to criminological knowledge
• historical figures in criminology whose prison experiences are rarely recognised
• the way racism, colonialism and class shape penal experience and social worlds
Drawing from his own experience of imprisonment, prison research and criminology, the author demonstrates how this experience can expand the criminological imagination. It is a novel and compelling account for students, teachers, academics and penal practitioners. It will inform, educate and entertain anyone working in criminal justice, the legal and para-legal professions and those with an interest in social justice.
Rod Earle is Senior Lecturer in Youth Justice in the Faculty of Health & Social Care at The Open University, UK. Prior to his academic career Rod worked as a printer in Norwich and as a youth justice social worker for the London Borough of Lambeth. In 1982 he served a three-month prison sentence in HMP Norwich.
Preface ~ Andrew Millie
Foreword by Shadd Maruna
A personal introduction
Born in the USA: Early Origins of Convict Criminology
US Convict Criminology comes of age
European origins, perspectives and experiences of Convict Criminology
Indelible Stains: Convict Criminology and Criminal Records
Race, Class, Gender: Agitate, Educate, Organise
Methodologies, Epistemologies, Ontologies
Concluding with Convictions!
“Great read about the Convict Criminology movement. This book demonstrates how intellectual ideas born in a cage now shake the ivory tower.” Stephen C. Richards, University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, USA
“Earle wittily narrates the journey from convict to convict criminologist with an openness rarely seen in academia, enabling a full appreciation of the contribution to knowledge that can be made by ‘convicts’.” Bill Davies, Leeds Beckett University