- Is criminology still the ‘absentee discipline’ in Ireland?
- Has Ireland demonstrated a distinctive criminal justice landscape?
- If so, can it offer insights to wider criminological scholarship?
- What are the barriers to criminology in Ireland – anti-intellectualism, political apathy, statistical vacuum?
Since the inception of The Differential Association over 18 months ago, we have been intrigued and delighted to read a diverse variety of criminological texts, from classics such as David Garland’s “The Culture of Control” to the emerging theories such as Robert Agnew’s conception of environmental change and its potential impact on crime. In all our discussions we seek to consistently pose certain questions of the texts, namely; can this be applied to the Irish context? The more we asked this question, the more purchase it gained, which ultimately led to the bright idea to discuss this with a wider group in a workshop.