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Criminological Artivism: Examining the Potential of Collaboration and Coproduction between Socially Engaged Art and Critical Criminology

Jackson, WH, McGowan, W and Murray, ET (2023) Criminological Artivism: Examining the Potential of Collaboration and Coproduction between Socially Engaged Art and Critical Criminology. In: Canning, V, Martin, G and Tombs, S, (eds.) The Emerald International Handbook of Activist Criminology. Emerald Studies in Activist Criminology . Emerald. ISBN 9781802622003

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The chapter examines the potential of ‘Artivism’ for an activist criminology. Drawing on a body of work developed since 2016, the chapter explores a series of projects that have examined how an approach to research that harnesses the activist qualities of art could be used to inform transformative criminological research. Artivism is an approach that involves merging ‘the boundless imagination of art and the radical engagement of politics’ (Jordan, 2016:1) and by amplifying marginalised voices, the overarching aim is to effect social and political change. This type of activist art is not reducible to the production of political art – art about an issue – but instead seeks to change the way that we think, speak and act. In this sense, this approach accords with the principles of critical social research in ensuring that ‘the voices and experiences of those marginalised by institutionalised state practices are heard and represented’ (Scraton 2007: 10). Examining pilot projects developed with artists and producers based in Liverpool, England, and focussed on experiences of prison and probation, we examine the potential that this approach has to change both the way we work as critical criminologists and our objects of study. With reference to the question of method for activist criminology, the chapter suggests that critical criminological work can be informed and enhanced by collaboration with socially engaged art – a form of artistic practice that seeks to address social and political issues and is often associated with activist strategies. This chapter therefore aims to contribute to debates about how activist criminologies may be done and offers suggestions for new directions in this work underpinned by interdisciplinary collaborations and coproduction of research with those similarly committed to a transformative project.

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Uncontrolled Keywords: Artivism; Activism; Critical criminology; Research; Methodology; Co-production
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology
Divisions: Justice Studies (from Sep 19)
Publisher: Emerald
SWORD Depositor: A Symplectic
Date Deposited: 06 Sep 2022 09:08
Last Modified: 08 Aug 2023 15:48
Editors: Canning, V, Martin, G and Tombs, S
URI: https://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/17502
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