Students Staff

05 June 2013

Prestigious prize for ground-breaking criminology work

Colchester Campus

Professor Eamonn Carrabine

Professor Eamonn Carrabine

A criminology expert at the University of Essex has won a prestigious prize for a ground-breaking article published in one of the world’s leading criminology journals.

Professor Eamonn Carrabine, Head of the Department of Sociology, has been awarded the 2012 Radzinowicz Prize by the British Journal of Criminology (BJC), one of best known prizes in the field.

Professor Carrabine receives the award for his article ‘Just Images: Aesthetics, Ethics and Visual Criminology’, described by the Journal’s Editor-in-Chief as original and ground-breaking.

The Radzinowicz Prize is awarded annually for the BJC article from the latest volume which, in the opinion of the Editor-in-Chief and editors, has made the greatest contribution to the development of criminology.

One judge commented: “This has a 'seminal' or 'state of the art' feel, providing a challenging  and insightful analysis of the relatively new 'visual turn' in criminology.”

Professor Carrabine said: "I am absolutely delighted my article has received this recognition. The piece is part of a larger project on cultural representations of crime and punishment, and this paper concentrates on the act of representation itself and the ethical questions posed by visual depictions of harm, suffering and violence.
"Criminology is a discipline where different parts of the arts, humanities and social sciences meet in novel ways. This is certainly true of the recently established Centre for Criminology here at Essex, where these diverse approaches are flourishing."

The prize will be presented in London at the Centre for Crime and Justice Studies annual event early next year.

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