Why criminology? Understanding a little more and condemning a little less

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Posted on 03 December 2013

Professor Bill Dixon, Head of the School of Sociology and Criminology at Keele, will give the fourth lecture in Keele University's programme of Inaugural Professorial Lectures 2013-14, on Wednesday, 11 December, 2013, in the Westminster Theatre, Chancellor's Building, on the University campus.

Professor Dixon said: “In February 1993 the then Prime Minister, John Major, told the Mail on Sunday that when it came to crime society needed to ‘condemn a little more and understand a little less’. Now, some 20 years later, it is clear that Major’s words struck a chord. Like many others, our society has made a virtue of vindictiveness. The search for insight is seen as at best a distraction, at worst a tacit endorsement of wrongdoing.”

In this lecture, 'Why criminology? Understanding a little more and condemning a little less', Professor Dixon will draw on his own experiences of condemnation and understanding, as well as research he has done on policing and racially motivated offending in the UK and South Africa, to argue that criminologists must make the case for doing the opposite: for understanding a little more and condemning a little less.

Keele's programme of Inaugural Lectures are given by newly established professors within the University and aim to give an illuminating account of the speaker's own subject specialism. The lectures, which start at 6 pm in the Westminster Theatre, are chaired by the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Nick Foskett.

This lecture is free and open to all.