In this second Centre for Crime, Law and Justice (CCLJ) annual public lecture, Professor McNeill will examine the emergence, extent, legitimation and experience of ‘mass supervision’, drawing on the analysis offered in his recent book Pervasive Punishment (Emerald Publishing, 2019). His principal focus will be on why mass supervision, like mass incarceration, should be resisted, on how it can be resisted, and on what alternative approaches we might take to rethinking our responses to criminalised wrongs. In so doing, he aims to explore and illustrate the interfaces between critical, creative and public criminologies.
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Fergus McNeill is Professor of Criminology and Social Work at the University of Glasgow where he works in the Scottish Centre for Crime and Justice Research and in Sociology. Prior to becoming an academic in 1998, Fergus worked for a decade in residential drug rehabilitation and as a criminal justice social worker. His many research projects and publications have examined institutions, cultures and practices of punishment and rehabilitation and their alternatives. Currently, Fergus is working on ‘Distant Voices: Coming Home’ which is a major, multi-partner 3-year Economic and Social Research Council/Arts and Humanities Research Council project exploring re-integration after punishment through creative practices and research methods. His most recent books include ‘Reimagining Rehabilitation: Beyond the Individual’ (with Lol Burke and Steve Collett) and ‘Pervasive Punishment: Making sense of mass supervision’.