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Stalking survey: have you been stalked?

I am strongly interested in the extent of stalking and the emotional effects on the victims. Stalking can be experienced online as well as in person. According to Womens' Aid, 12% of Irish respondents in the FRA study had experienced stalking (including cyber stalking).
Please complete this survey linked in below if you are over the age of 18 and have been stalked at one time or another.
Stalking is persistent and includes being followed, watched, approached, contacted by phone/email or other use of technology, being sent offensive material or being threatened by acts of violence.
All responses are anonymous which means neither I nor anyone else will know your identity.

Gender, men and crime

Americans only! I need respondents for my MA diss survey on gender attitudes and crime. Does a patriarchal attitude usually mean violence or a punitive perspective towards people? If you are interested, please go to this link to complete the survey:

Many thanks,

John Persano

MA Criminology student, UCC, Ireland.

Research Diary: Anti-panhandling: Criminalizing poverty and governing generosity?

Welcome to my research diary. First, a brief introduction of me and my project: I am a PhD Candidate in Canada at the University of Alberta, and my degree is in Sociology but most of the work I do is in the area of critical criminology and socio-legal studies. My primary interests are in urban marginality, families, social justice and social theory. Phenomenology and ethics currently dominate my theoretical interests.

My dissertation looks at panhandling (or begging) and its regulation. In particular, my research critically examines two anti-panhandling efforts in the city of Edmonton. The first is an anti-aggressive-panhandling bylaw and the second is an “alternative giving campaign” that encourages donors to give money to charities instead of giving direct aid to panhandlers. Both initiatives aim to move panhandlers off the streets and into social services or courts. However, the alternative giving campaign also aims to govern the generosity of the general public.

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{jcomments on} is an important national academic study about the sexual experiences and beliefs of men in the UK. It is open to all male residents of the UK, over the age of 16 years old.

The research, undertaken by a postgraduate student at the University of Portsmouth hopes to increase our understanding of the rape and sexual assault of adult men as well as public perceptions regarding this crime.

The survey takes less than 5 minutes to complete and is totally anonymous and confidential. 

Please support this research which hopes to positively affect men’s safety and wellbeing. Visit

GradProjects: WikiLeaks: will the public remember?

The WikLeaks saga is perhaps one of the more interesting subjects in present day studies of crime, media and justice. However, research on this topic and within this discipline is limited, if not non-existent. The purpose of this research was to examine the content of various forms of media with the ongoing WikiLeaks story. We seek to identify the type of social actor frames used to present the story to the public and explore the differences in content and frames between “old” or established media sources (newspapers, magazines, etc.) and “new” media sources (blogs, more recent television sources). As a secondary concern, we ask if this content is framed in a manner consistent enough to result in the creation of a moral panic according to Cohen’s 1972 model. A quasi-content analysis of 360 media sources reveals that 77.2% did not represent WikiLeaks as a folk devil, although nearly half of the content examined depicted WikiLeaks and/or Julian Assange in a negative manner. As such, an assumption is made that a moral panic is not present, nor was there a media-wide attempt at the creation of one.

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