Philippa Tomczak wins British Society of Criminology book prize

Congratulations to Philippa Tomczak who has won the British Society Criminology Book Prize for her book ‘The Penal Voluntary Sector’ (Series: Routledge Frontiers of Criminal Justice).

About the Prize

The Penal Voluntary Sector Book CoverNominations for the prize are invited from members of the British Society of Criminology and publishers for the Criminology Book Prize. The prize was established in 2001 originally sponsored by Willan Publishing and continues to reflect the desire of the British Society of Criminology and Routledge, to encourage and recognise the achievements of new or aspiring members of the criminology profession. The prize, £100 of books from the Routledge Publishing list – including Willan titles – and £500 in cash, is awarded at the British Society of Criminology Conference.

The judging panel look for a book which shows evidence of particular distinction and/or innovation in methodology or theorising in the general field of criminology, or in the application of criminological theory or research to crime policy or penal practice. In essence the winning book must make a valuable contribution to the further development of criminology. Nominations are particularly welcomed from authors in the early years of their academic/research careers.

About the book

The penal voluntary sector and the relationships between punishment and charity are more topical than ever before. In recent years in England and Wales, the sector has featured significantly in both policy rhetoric and academic commentary. Penal voluntary organisations are increasingly delivering prison and probation services under contract, and this role is set to expand. However, the diverse voluntary organisations which comprise the sector, their varied relationships with statutory agencies and the effects of such work remain very poorly understood.

This book provides a wide-ranging and rigorous examination of this policy-relevant but complex and little studied area. It explores what voluntary organisations are doing with prisoners and probationers, how they manage to undertake their work, and the effects of charitable work with prisoners and probationers. The author uses original empirical research and an innovative application of actor-network theory to enable a step change in our understanding of this increasingly significant sector, and develops the policy-centric accounts produced in the last decade to illustrate how voluntary organisations can mediate the experiences of imprisonment and probation at the micro and macro levels.

Demonstrating how the legacy of philanthropic work and neoliberal policy reforms over the past thirty years have created a complex three-tier penal voluntary sector of diverse organisations, this cutting-edge interdisciplinary text will be of interest to criminologists, sociologists of work and industry, and those engaged in the voluntary sector.

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