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Emotion and Criminal Justice Cluster

Emotion and Criminal Justice
Emotion and Criminal Justice

Emotion and Criminal Justice



Emotion and Criminal Justice Cluster

Aims of the Cluster:

  • Collectively explore the topic of emotion within the criminal justice field
  • Expand knowledge, research and teaching on this topic
  • Support and peer review publications, presentations and teaching materials across the cluster
  • Identify opportunities for collaborative multi-disciplinary partnerships
  • Network with other emotion scholars, researchers and practitioners from across and outside the university
  • Source external funding to support cluster activity such as conference attendance, group symposiums, internships and research
  • Identify internal funding opportunities to increase post-graduate scholarships and boost cluster activity
  • Promote research and innovation in line with DMU/ faculty research strategies

Activity and membership

The Cluster meets bi-monthly to discuss the topic of emotion within the field of criminal justice. Membership to the cluster is trans-disciplinary and includes academics from the fields of sociology, criminology, nursing, speech and language therapy, social work, social policy and midwifery.

The group offers academics an opportunity to consolidate their interests together and move towards success in publishing, research tenure and staff development. We also welcome academics and practitioners from outside the university.

Contact us:

Please contact the convenor of the cluster if you are interested in joining or contributing: 

Dr Victoria Knight 


More about Emotion and Criminal Justice Cluster


Steve Christopher 

Community and Criminal Justice De Montfort University

Weds 17th January 2018 


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Having discussed the challenges of transiting from the world of professional practice to academia in the original presentation, this session will focus specifically upon reflections of the emotionally-laden phenomenon of liminality arising from that particular rite of passage. Opening with a brief introduction on the conceptualisations of rite of passage (van Gennep,1909) and liminality (Turner, 1967), the talk will proceed to discuss a variety of notions such as vocational comfort zone (White, 2009), imposter syndrome (Clance and Imes 1978), internalised stigmatisation (Goffman, 1963)  and confidence (Barbalet, 2001; Ahmed, 2002, 2004) that feed into the fluidity of liminal flux characterised by anguished doubt, disequilibrium, de-stability and indecision Horvath (2000; 2009). Experiencing the twin-tracked liminality of being a novice academic lecturer and PhD student stimulated in-depth reflection around concurrent liminalities, the impact of liminal weighting (Thomasssen, 2009) and the possibility of permanent frozen liminality (Enders, 2011; Jewkes, 2005). Such features indicate the enacted experience of liminality, which contrasts starkly with the virtual vacuum concept advanced by Turner, and so goes to the capacity of human agency (Bourdieu, 1984, 1986) and reflexivity (Mead, 1934; Steier 1991; Holland, 1999) to negotiate the phenomenon. The presentation closes with some practical suggestions to mitigate the feelings of liminality in academia that can apply across all vocational life.


Past events

Emotion and Criminal Justice Cluster Members



Confidence and Legitimacy in the Police Service and the Need for Emotionally Intelligent Practitioners

Call for Abstracts
Second Annual Emotion and Criminal Justice Conference
Tuesday 15 May 2018.
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