'Maybe we should abolish institutes, not open them'

Date: 
Thursday, 25 June, 2015

Following the sad death of Professor Nils Christie last month, Oxford University Press have made his 1977 article 'Conflicts as property' available free to view as a mark of respect of his presence in the discipline. In this classic text, the article opens with the following;

'Maybe we should not have any criminology. Maybe we should abolish institutes, not open them. Maybe the social consequences of criminology are more dubious than we like to think.'

Peter Wagner has written for a piece for the Prison Policy Initiative website, remembering Professor Christie and describing his many influential works.