Anthropology of Crime
European Association of Social Anthropologists (EASA) network
The EASA Anthropology of Crime and Criminalisation network (AnthroCrime) aims to place the study of crime, criminalisation and decriminalisation at the heart of critical anthropological inquiry. Current socio-political transformations, such as shifting geopolitical configurations, rising neo-nationalist tendencies, and (cyber)technological developments, push crime to the centre of public debate and to the heart of governmental power.
At a time when governmental and grass-roots organisations seek to boost their sovereignty by flexing their muscles towards those defined as criminals, it becomes increasingly pertinent to analyse criminalisation processes. Contemporary anthropological approaches offer critical reflections that can aid the development of the anthropology of crime and criminalisation just as a network of anthropologists that study crime and criminalisation should help to maintain and develop critical anthropology. Concretely, we envision a network that analyses:
The network intends to provide a platform for anthropological contributions on crime and (de)criminalisation at a European level while remaining open to dialogues with scholars from other parts of the world and with scholars from adjacent disciplines (e.g. criminology, law and political science).
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