Contrasts in Punishment and the (usually) unacknowledged feature of social science research: good fortune
|Dates:||4 October 2017|
|Times:||13:00 - 14:30|
|What is it:||Seminar|
|Organiser:||School of Law|
|Who is it for:||University staff, Adults, Alumni, Current University students, General public|
|Speaker:||Professor John Pratt|
CCCJ Seminar Programme 2017/18
(in collaboration with Methods@Manchester)
Contrasts in Punishment: An Explanation of Anglophone Excess and Nordic Exceptionalism,
by John Pratt and Anna Eriksson, was published by Routledge in 2012.
Based on research that began in 2003 and involved six countries and four languages, visits to forty prisons
and interviews with fifty ‘key players’, and examination of documents going back 200 years, the
book examines how long term cultural differences are reflected in contemporary approaches to crime and
punishment issues in these two clusters of societies.
In this seminar, John Pratt will discuss how he went about doing this research, highlighting the importance of luck,
contingency and good fortune in the development of social science research projects, as much as careful planning.
Professor John Pratt
Role: Institute of Criminology
Organisation: Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand
Travel and Contact Information
Humanities Bridgeford Street