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Michelle Butler

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Michelle Butler

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Teaching

Introducing Criminology (CRM1001). 
Punishment, Penal Policy and Prisons (CRM3001).
Psychological Perspectives on Crime (CRM3005).

Research Interests

Identity, aggression, imprisonment, shame, masculinity, prison practices, reintegration, desistance, youth justice, fear of crime, criminological psychology, management of crime and how society reacts to criminal behaviour.

Research Statement

My interests include prison practices, the psychosocial dynamics involved in the occurrence of crime and how society reacts to and manages criminal behaviour. In particular, I am interested in issues such as violence, identity, shame, masculinity, youth justice, order and control in prison, prison regimes and relationships, reintegration/desistance and the management of crime. My PhD thesis was entitled “Prisoner Confrontations: The Role of Shame, Masculinity and Respect” and investigated why some prisoners were more likely to engage in prisoner-on-prisoner violence than others. I have also been involved in research projects examining the service and support needs of young people on remand, fear of crime, equality in prison, effectiveness of risk assessments and the rights of victims.

 

Please feel free to contact me to discuss possible research ideas. 

 

Current PhD Students

Julie Harris – Initiations and Transitions into Injecting Drug Use and Heroin Use.

Lauren Belshaw – The Impact of State Intervention on the Work of Community-Based Restorative Justice Projects in Northern Ireland.

Sinead Meade – Exploring Irish Prison Officer Psychology and its Effect on Organisational Outcomes in the Irish Prison Service.

Keira Flanagan – Impact of Educational and Vocational Programmes on the Desistance Process in Imprisoned Youth Offenders.

Aimee Muirhead – De-bunking Double Bunking: An Investigation into the Microsociology of Cell-sharing in Overcrowded Conditions.

 

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