Journal article

Japanese Atmospheres of Criminal Justice

A Young

British Journal of Criminology | Oxford University Press (OUP) | Published : 2019


What is a criminal justice atmosphere? Defined as that connecting individuals within and to the spaces they occupy or move through, the study of criminal justice atmospheres can add to thinking within criminology about space, affect and the aesthetic. Examination of criminal justice atmospheres teaches much about how institutions operate as environments choreographing a range of spatial, affective and aesthetic attachments for citizens. Through ethnographic research in Japan, the article considers the atmospheres of three settings: the koban, or 'police box', a museum dedicated to the leisure consumption of policing and a metropolitan prison. Reflexive engagement with aspects of Japanese cri..

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University of Melbourne Researchers


Awarded by Australian Research Council

Funding Acknowledgements

Support for the fieldwork was provided by the Australian Research Council, Discovery Grant 120100740 and the School of Social & Political Sciences, University of Melbourne.