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How does politics shape inequalities?

This event has been postponed until further notice.

Chair: Professor Susan McVie (University of Edinburgh)

Speakers: Professor Stephen Farrall, Dr Emily Gray and Dr Phil Jones (all University of Derby)

Discussant: TBC

This webinar presents findings from a University of Derby project which has tried to explore and understand the long-term effects on crime and contact with the criminal justice system resulting from the changes in the economy and social policies unleashed by the 1980s New Right in Britain – often referred to as ‘Thatcherism’.

In this seminar, we focus on three topics, namely the changes in:

  • social welfare provisions - which created economic inequalities which resulted in greater contact with the criminal justice system for some,
  • housing provisions - which resulted in increases in experiences of homelessness, victimisation and contact with the criminal justice system, and
  • the spatial location of prisons in Britain - which are stronger associated with coal-mining in Britain.

As such, the project highlights the role of politics in both creating and shaping inequalities, and the ways in which inequalities play out over time (during the life-courses of individuals) and over space.     

Further information

Visit the project website to find out more about the research:
The Long-term Impacts of 'Thatcherism': Crime, Politics and Inequality | University of Derby

Thursday, January 28, 2021 - 15:00

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