The shadow of penal supervision

The story so far — and an invitation…

Thanks for all the positive comments so far about the short story element of this project. I’ve done some editorial tidying up and re-produced the whole thing with a new section — episode 4 — at the end. Finally, two of the characters get to meet and talk. Out of their conversations springs… 

Ways of sensing supervision (and episode 3)

This time, I thought I’d try podcasting for a change. So here’s a short 10 minute recording that discusses how we can better ‘sense’ supervision; it includes episode 3 of the short story for those who have been following that. Once again, I’d really like your feedback on which aspects… 

Pauline, Bob and the difficult second chapter: Punishment changes

Maybe it’s like the ‘difficult second album’? You’ve made a start, created some kind of identity for your work, but now you have to provide not just continuity but some depth and some development. More of the same won’t do. It has to be new and yet familiar. I’m struggling… 

The Ubiquity of Supervision

I’m pleased to report that chapter 1 of the book is ‘in the can’ — at least as a first draft, and that 3 wise scholars and good (critical) friends have agreed to review it for me. Like many authors (I imagine), I find the blank page more than a… 

An update and something new: ‘Waiting’

Last week’s Howard League Scotland event (previously advertised on this blog) went very well. We had a full house of about 150 people ranging from school pupils, through people with different kinds of experience of the justice system, to some very distinguished criminologists! A difficult crowd to satisfy, but the… 

Dimensions of ‘Mass Supervision’

‘What’s your book about?” This is a question to which I’m quickly becoming accustomed. Six weeks into the fellowship and I think I have already lost count of the number of times it has been asked.  Trying to explain it in ‘lay’ terms, I usually respond along the following lines:… 

Upcoming event in Edinburgh…

Just a quick post to draw your attention to an upcoming event that will use a variety of methods to explore some of the key themes that this project seeks to address. Here’s the blurb: Mass Supervision, Misrecognition and the ‘Malopticon’ Get tickets here Howard League Scotland Wednesday, September 20,… 

The Pains of Oversight: Comparing Penal Severity

In a week or so I’ll be heading off to Cardiff for this years Eurocrim Conference (the annual conference of the European Society of Criminology). This year, I’m really pleased to be presenting with David Hayes from the University of Sheffield. Some of you will probably already be aware of… 

Pervasive Punishment: Day One

Welcome to Day One of Pervasive Punishment — a ten month project, funded by the British Academy, which aims to explore, analyse and promote debate about the emergence of ‘mass supervision’. Though my own work is focused on the UK (and more specifically in Scotland), I’ll be drawing on a…