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Newsletter 4

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Our development accelerates each month. The site content expands, we have over 80 registered users, and our Twitter following is over 200. We retain the commitment to quality whilst exploring contemporary ways in which to reach a broad global public. There will be a lot more to come in the coming months, such as the extension of our social media presence, invitations to associations and politicians, use of video etc.

CrimeTalk will look less and less like an academic journal as time goes by. In the meantime, I've created a Navigate the Site page within the Help/Info page to assist those less familiar with new media.

Since March, we've published the second parts in the serializations by Amedeo Cottino, on Nino, and Frank Pearce & Steve Tombs, on Bhopal, and articles by Jade D'Anthro 'A Full English', Curtis Jackson-Jacobs 'Holding Cells', Mike Nellis's review of Clockwork Orange, and myself on Harold Garfinkel. Direct links to those are at the bottom of this letter.

Several new pieces are in the pipeline for next month. Do keep them coming in! Just mail me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to discuss.

One of my aims is to make CrimeTalk a valuable aid for teachers and students in criminology and all its constituent disciplines. To that end, we will shortly be publishing our first student project, from one of Gregg Barak's courses at Eastern Michigan. Do offer your better students, u/g and p/g, the opportunity to publish their projects with us. Mail me to discuss. With some countries, this could be a great way to enhance the stock of local research studies.

At the same time, I still want to interest a wider public in talking seriously about crime, censure, and justice issues, to provide a range of accessible ways to do that, and to engage with contemporary policy debates.  Hence, after realizing how useful Twitter is, I now make several tweets every day for your interest, in fact usually they are re-tweets of other people's messages. They show in the Latest Tweets module on the Home page and the last 100 are archived on the Tweets page in the Library. They usually contain links to valuable online resources and stories. If students read our daily output, they would soon become immersed in key issues. Agnostics and Luddites amongst you: please look over the list on the Tweets page in the Library!

If any of you want to tweet important info, or publicize your research and publications or make a comment via CrimeTalk, either e-mail me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or get a Twitter account and tweet your message, including web link, to me at @CrimeTalkEd and I will re-tweet it. You'd be amazed at how many of the chattering classes read these messages, and in many different countries! Remember: there's a 140-word limit.

In this vein, we have also improved the CrimeTalk Facebook page. All our latest article and comment titles are automatically published there now. Latest stuff is now fully listed on your CrimSoc home page when you log in there, and that is the easiest way to check for new material.

All articles now have 'social sharing' buttons at the bottom. So, if you think an article should have a wider audience, this enables you to send the link to your Facebook page or to get the link out immediately to the whole planet via our Twitter account.

Again, with maximum public engagement in mind, I have created a Polls page under theResearch menu. Please vote. It may seem simplistic but the more people do that the more influential the poll. If you want your own poll, whether for research, curiosity or as a student project, just e-mail me your carefully formulated question and I will create the poll immediately.

So far, few people have posted in the Forums. This will take off eventually the more readers we get and the more you see the possible uses of them, eg as virtual seminars or as ongoing research topic centres. Do please have a think about how you can use them to your advantage.

Finally, a key purpose of CrimeTalk was to create an archive of valuable materials and every month we moved further towards that. There is now an Archive menu with several subject areas, each containing a growing list of online materials, such as interviews, comments, short articles, and videos. The Comments menu contains many more blog links and news feeds, and we are working with Blinkx to focus the television clips dialogue box. Please note the excellent interview with David Simon, co-creator of The Wire, from Guernica magazine, linked into our Reviews sub-menu. Plus the collection of Press Cuttings grows apace. Again, please, if there is anything you would like saving for posterity, or even just next year's work, just send me the link by e-mail.

The more CrimeTalk brings together the more it becomes a special resource which saves you surfing all over the internet to pull together what you want.

Many thanks for your continued support,

All the best,

Colin Sumner


Recent publications and current items of interest

Holding Cells

Flowers at the altar of profit and power Part 2: Explaining the Disaster at Bhopal

Nino: Journey into the heart of darkness

Tales from a Northern City: A full English

The Bhopal Disaster: Pearce and Tombs' bibliography

Editor's Blog: Harold Garfinkel, norms, conflict and change

What’s it going to be then, eh? “A Clockwork Orange” at nearly 50

The Exile Nation Project

The Guantanamo Files

London Lives 1690-1800

Criminality and Colonial Anthropology

The black male prison population in the USA

Bill Moyers interviews David Simon

York Deviancy Conference 2011

Our polls

Economic and Social Data Service [UK]

A Clockwork Orange

People who eat darkness: the fate of Lucie Blackman






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