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Newsletter 11

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Hi all,

Yet again I'm feeling rather overwhelmed both by the amount of work CrimeTalk requires and by the terrific amount of support I have out there for what I'm doing. Our 'unique visitor' rate has levelled at around 4,000 a month and you have sent me plenty of good stuff to publish. Keep it coming! I am looking for stuff to publish in September and beyond.

Alas, financially things are not so good with no donations at all and few sales through our Amazon associate Bookshop. The costs of running CrimeTalk are significant enough to hurt. Please, if you value what I have been doing here or use my product, make a little donation, or just buy a book or indeed any other object, through our Amazon Bookshop [use Search to find other objects]....

Money matters, and open access philosophy, something I've explored in CrimeTalk, does not for one minute mean its supporters are wealthy people who can afford to work for nothing. Personally, I loathe our 'something for nothing' culture.....Anyway, partly because of money, and partly because I might as well be properly paid for something I do naturally, as from August 1st I return to academic social science.

I am delighted to announce that I've taken up a permanent appointment in Ireland, at University College Cork, in their excellent Sociology Department. I hope that CrimeTalk will flourish in its editor's new location. Of course, our web host's servers remain in Dallas and Chicago. The magazine might have a slightly more Irish flavour from now on, although the issues are the same everywhere. Apologies to Australia and Africa for not expanding CrimeTalk your way just yet. It's been a busy time and will remain so for a couple of months yet, no doubt.

Getting round the site: I have made it simpler to comment on articles now by disabling the 'add comment' button and replacing it with a 'leave a reply' box and 'reply' to comments buttons. Do remember to log in first! There is now a Student Projects sub-menu under Research, where one postgrad survey is working well, and a Courses sub-menu under Education, where you can advertise and where another survey on the revamped Hong Kong M.SocSci. is posted. My own substantive articles are now collected under Editor's Blog, front page and under the Library menu. Finally, to see what has been added to the site recently, do check in to the Recent Activities page in our CrimSoc social network centre.

CrimeTalk Books: this is now a sub-menu item under the Shop menu and of course marks the fact that we are now a publisher and not just a website. My Obituario to the Sociologia de la Desviacion is now in h/b, p/b and pdf [£4.95], and Frank Pearce & Steve Tombs' book Bhopal: Flowers at the Altar of Profit and Power was published in June in pdf [£3.95]The books are published by CrimeTalk Books and sold through YPD books. They are priced very reasonably indeed. Do please consider buying them for your university library and recommending them to students next year! The pdfs read really well on your desktop & were not intended for hand-helds. The technology is so proprietary that unless you write in Amazon or Apple formats it's a nightmare turning a pdf into an ebook for a handheld.

All the authors' royalties on Bhopal: Flowers at the Altar of Profit and Power will be going to theBhopal Medical Appeal so by buying the book you can help the victims of this continuing disaster. For another source of information on that, do see Bhopali, a documentary film by Van Maximilian Carlson, on DVD available at the film's site:

CrimeTalk Books

Sociologìa de la Desviación: un Obituario

The Sociology of Deviance: an Obituary

Bhopal: Flowers at the Altar of Profit and Power

We have published a lot again this month and a wider range of stuff than ever. The articles have been widely read and I'm told by several authors that they have substantial (and good) feedback, sometimes even in 'high' places. Sean Creaney's article Predicting young criminals even smashed our house record with nearly 4,000 hits so far. And Steven Bittle's review of Glenn Greenwald's With Liberty and Justice for Some, attracted 700 readers in 2 nights once Glenn tweeted it! See also:

Wall Street Crimes II: Dodd-Frank and the limits of regulatory reform

Probation, economic insecurity and justice reform: the Arab Spring and lessons from Latvia

Restorative justice, restorative approaches and schools

Early interventions, troubled youth and labelling

Moral standards in the City

Public engagement, mass media and science

Academic journals: an open and shut case

Imagining the Future of the University

Wellcome Trust joins 'academic spring' to open up science

The Comments recently have been especially good too:

Torture, not medicine. Graphic scene of shock treatment on young boy

You Are All Suspects Now. What Are You Going to Do About It?

Sexual assault by police and soldiers in Uganda

Declining moral standards amongst our youths?

Banking: the Diamond standard, a culture of cheating without prosecution

Banking frauds: the failure of liberal-left criminology

From Bangor to North Korea: Curfew orders in North Wales

Electric shocks on the disabled in Mass. USA update

Government to open up publicly funded research

Making friends: US kills Indian fisherman, wounds three in Persian Gulf

I continue to populate the Archive, whose menu I have now re-expanded to make it clearer the size of the resource building up there, and of course the Press Cuttings.

I hope you continue to enjoy CrimeTalk and to introduce it to new readers as a not-for-profit educational resource. The character of this online magazine is developing as an informal tool for students and academics. It is not attracting criminal justice people or even many in social work or probation. So I am very much rethinking where we go from here.

I am very tempted to continue CrimeTalk as a critical criminology magazine, with a coop-type structure and funding through paid-for shares, with most of the present features but including a peer-reviewed academic journal. All comments and thoughts welcome! Now's the time to speak up and throw your 5-penny worth in!


Colin Sumner


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