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Home http://www.crimetalk.org.uk/index.php?option=com_content&view=featured Mon, 24 Apr 2017 20:51:04 +0000 Joomla! - Open Source Content Management en-gb Native-immigrant conflict in the cities: evidence from Italian refugee-crisis management http://www.crimetalk.org.uk/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=972:native-immigrant-conflict-in-italy&catid=38&Itemid=41 http://www.crimetalk.org.uk/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=972:native-immigrant-conflict-in-italy&catid=38&Itemid=41

In the “age of immigration' '(Castles and Miller, 2009) human mobility is one of the main change factors of contemporary world, where global interdependence and growing demographic, economic and social imbalances facilitate human movements. It seems particularly evident with the current refugee crisis that is crossing European states and is redefining every sphere of our societies. Following the Arab Spring (2011), at the moment the number of illegal migrants arriving at Italy’s coasts is reaching an unprecedentedly high level because of the deteriorating of security in Syria, Eritrea, Somalia, Iraq, Libya, and more recently, Central African Republic and South Sudan. In 2015, 153,946 migrants arrived in Italy by the Mediterranean Sea. Immigration crises raise several issues for sociologists and criminologists, closely linked to the social inclusion of asylum-seekers and refugees in destination communities and the construction of societies based on mutual recognition and acceptance of differences and, moreover, to the growing feeling of insecurity of populations related to immigration.

c.sumner@ucc.ie (Daniele Ferretti) Featured Frontpage Articles Sat, 10 Dec 2016 11:15:58 +0000
Fighting ISIS: learning from the Irish experience? http://www.crimetalk.org.uk/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=967:ciaran-mccullagh&catid=38&Itemid=41 http://www.crimetalk.org.uk/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=967:ciaran-mccullagh&catid=38&Itemid=41

The attacks on the civilian population in Paris have once again posed the question of how to respond to terrorism and of how to deal with its perpetrators.  The attacks have focused attention on these issues in a way that similar recent attacks in Beirut, Baghdad, Istanbul, Egypt and Yemen have not, thus exposing the fragile and limited basis of global compassion.  We do not know the names of the people who were killed in the other cities, largely because the Western press does not, generally speaking, name people killed other than in attacks in Europe and the United States.

c.sumner@ucc.ie (Ciaran McCullagh) Featured Frontpage Articles Tue, 05 Jan 2016 08:16:06 +0000
Recovering possibilities – discovering the rich promise of a moral foundation to economy & society http://www.crimetalk.org.uk/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=965:morality-economy-and-society&catid=38&Itemid=41 http://www.crimetalk.org.uk/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=965:morality-economy-and-society&catid=38&Itemid=41
Speech by Michael D. Higgins, President of Ireland, at the Launch of the Centre for the Study of the Moral Foundations of Economy and Society, a joint enterprise of University College Cork and Waterford Institute of Technology. Royal Irish Academy, Dublin, 13th November 2015

President (Royal Irish Academy), President (University College Cork), Registrar (Waterford Institute of Technology), Members of the Academy,

A chairde,

Tá áthas orm bheith anseo i bhur measc tráthnóna chun an tIonad seo a sheoladh.

I am delighted to be here with you all this afternoon to launch the Centre for the Study of the Moral Foundations of Economy and Society, a joint academic and intellectual venture between University College Cork (UCC) and Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT).

Today’s launch represents in its own way the culmination of a long process that began at a round-table discussion in Áras an Uachtaráin in November 2013, when the idea of creating a structured academic programme dedicated to studying the moral underpinnings of economic and social life was first mentioned.  That suggestion was one of the substantive contributions to the second consultation with the public on some of the major themes I had identified in my Inaugural Address in November 2011.  The first consultation has been on “Being Young and Irish”, and the second consultation was on the theme of the nature and significance of ethics in our lives in the contemporary Ireland.

The meeting at Áras an Uachtaráin at which this idea of a Centre for the Study of Moral Foundations was first raised was one to which I had invited the representatives of all of Ireland’s third level institutions, as well as the Royal Irish Academy, to make their contribution to a national discussion on the values and principles by which we might live together ethically as a society. That meeting was at the very earliest stages of the President of Ireland’s Ethics Initiative – and it is thus especially fitting that one of the final public events of that Initiative will be the launch today of this Centre, a Centre which I regard as a key legacy outcome of the Initiative.

I am very pleased that this project has come to fruition, and  I would like to avail of today’s occasion to commend the vision – and ethical commitment – of all those who have worked with such scholarly dedication and courage to achieve what we can celebrate today. May I thank, in particular, Dr Kieran Keohane, Professor Arpad Szakolczai and Professor Colin Sumner, who run the Centre at UCC, and their colleagues from WIT, Dr Tom Boland, Dr John O’Brien and Dr Ray Griffin.

I am confident that the intellectual work produced by this Centre will contribute in an important way, over the years to come, in tackling the deep injuries inflicted upon our moral imaginations by the extraordinary ascendancy in recent decades of what is an extraordinarily narrow version of economics that has, through abstraction and in an ideological manner, had the effect of severing the ties between economics and its ethical and philosophical sources – except, perhaps, for those ties deriving from some of the extremes within the utilitarian tradition.

]]> c.sumner@ucc.ie (Michael D. Higgins) Featured Frontpage Articles Wed, 18 Nov 2015 10:14:18 +0000 Bareknuckle prize fighter: Danny's story http://www.crimetalk.org.uk/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=959:bare-knuckle-prize-fighter&catid=38&Itemid=41 http://www.crimetalk.org.uk/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=959:bare-knuckle-prize-fighter&catid=38&Itemid=41

The move from the institutionalised certainty of school into the increasingly uncertain world of work has become a problematic one for many young people in Bauman’s world of liquid modernity.  This is heightened for those working-class kids who are largely denied the traditional routes into adulthood of preceding generations. It is even more acute in a post-industrial northern English town struggling to reinvent itself in the face of over three decades of industrial decay. Like almost all young adults in their late teens and early twenties, Danny, at 19, remained living with his parents in their home on a former council estate.  The estate had been constructed on the fringes of the town in the 1950s in order to provide new housing for those dwelling in cramped and bomb-damaged conditions in the inner city.  It also provided employment for the wartime heroes who returned from the battlefield to the austere Britain of the late 1940's and '50s.

]]> c.sumner@ucc.ie (David Moxon) Featured Frontpage Articles Sun, 12 Jul 2015 12:39:17 +0000 Parkour: preventing crime through urban involvement http://www.crimetalk.org.uk/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=955:parkour-preventing-crime-through-urban-involvement&catid=38&Itemid=41 http://www.crimetalk.org.uk/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=955:parkour-preventing-crime-through-urban-involvement&catid=38&Itemid=41

Once the square was the vital organ of the City, its very essence and core for the harmony and interaction between citizens. However, in the modern city, the square has been taken over by the consumerist influence of the market, transforming its core into a place no longer dedicated to the exchange of ideas and ideals, but of consumer goods.  Shops, entertainments, transports work tirelessly - bright, active, welcoming and un-resting - offering citizens and visitors the uninterrupted fulfilment of wishes and desires, with an overwhelming assault of surprises, shocks, sales, offers, emotions. Thus metropolitan reality, more progressive than ever, was morphed into a cold, hyper-individualistic, profoundly blasé attitude, where all social interactions and relationships are reduced to simple monetary exchanges. Urban spaces turn into simple areas of passage, resulting in a deep de-individuation and alienation from the surrounding privatized and highly-monitored environment, one that is filled with prohibitory signs and regulations, to which no-one relates to nor feels respect, and one that, without continuous monitoring, turns inevitably to decay and deterioration. Nonetheless there are alternatives: contexts where the energy and dynamism of the citizens is not wasted in consumption but creates instead an environment of interaction, frequency of the square, participative congregation, and an active, natural monitoring and care of common environmental spaces, beyond the commonplace of bivouac and degradation. One of these alternatives is represented by the practice of Parkour.

c.sumner@ucc.ie (Janos Szakolczai) Featured Frontpage Articles Sun, 03 May 2015 07:42:30 +0000