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Can criminologists change the world? Critical reflections on the politics, performance and effects of Criminal Justice

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)767-788
JournalBritish Journal of Criminology
Issue number4
Early online date11 Mar 2016
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2017


Based on a Scottish case study, this article offers a critical reflection on criminal justice and the impact agenda. It will argue that the pathway to impact requires criminologists to interrogate more fully the inter-relationships between criminal justice as: (i) political strategy; (ii) institutional performance; and (iii) embodied practice. Only by acknowledging the potential for dissonance between these dimensions, is it possible for the discipline to evolve a praxis which is theoretically informed, sensitive to political, spatial and temporal context as well having the highest potential for real-world transformation.

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  • impact pathways, cultural practice, politics, criminal justice policy, praxis

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