Dr Alana Barton

Biography

Dr Alana Barton is a Reader in Criminology. Her research and teaching interests include the politics of punishment, criminological epistemology and pedagogy, zemiology and agnotology. Her book ‘Fragile Moralities and Dangerous Sexualities: Two Centuries of Semi-Penal Institutionalisation for Women’ was published by Ashgate in 2005 and was nominated for the Hart Socio-Legal Studies Award and the British Society of Criminology Book Prize. She is co-editor of ‘Expanding the Criminological Imagination’ (2007) and ‘Agnotology and the Criminological Imagination’ (2018). She has worked on various large-scale research projects and has presented papers at numerous academic conferences in the UK, USA, Canada, Greece and Russia. She has co-edited three special editions of the Prison Service Journal (with Dr Alyson Brown) and is currently working on publications examining the challenges to the ‘criminological imagination’ posed by neo-liberal shifts in education and the political and social construction of ignorance (with Dr Howard Davis).


Qualifications

  • BSc (Hons) Psychology, Manchester Polytechnic, 1989
  • PhD Criminology/Criminal Justice – ‘Fragile Moralities and Dangerous Sexualities’, Liverpool John Moores University, 2001

Teaching

  • CRI1016 – Power, Knowledge and Crime
  • CRI3110 – Politics of Imprisonment
  • CRI3114 – Learning Together: The Sociological Imagination (with HMP Thorn Cross)
  • CRI3001 – Dissertation

Research Interests

  • Prisons and prison ‘tourism’
  • Austerity and the ‘war on the poor’
  • Criminological epistemology and pedagogy
  • Criminology and agnotology

Publications

  • Barton A and Davis H (Eds, 2018) Ignorance, Power and Harm: The Study of Agnotology and the Criminological Imagination, Palgrave
  • Barton, A., Davis, H. and White, H. (2018) ‘Agnotology and the Criminological Imagination’ in Barton, A. and Davis, H. (Eds) Ignorance, Power and Harm: The Study of Agnotology and the Criminological Imagination, Palgrave
  • Barton, A. and Hobson, A. (2017) ‘Learning to Fail? Prisoners with Special Educational Needs’, Prison Service Journal, No.232
  • Barton, A (2017) ‘Semi-Penal Institutions’ in Tuner, J., Taylor, P., Morley, S. and Corteen, K. (Eds) Companion to the History of Crime and Criminal Justice, Policy Press.
  • Barton A and Brown A (June 2017) ‘Prison Tourism’ in Tuner, J., Taylor, P., Morley, S. and Corteen, K. (Eds) Companion to the History of Crime and Criminal Justice, Policy Press.
  • Barton A & Davis H (2016) ‘From empowering the shameful to shaming the empowered: Shifting depictions of the poor in ‘reality TV’’, Crime, Media, Culture (published online before print, 24 November)
  • Barton, A. and Brown, A. (2015) ‘Show Me The Prison! The Development of Prison Tourism in Britain”. Crime, Media, Culture. Vol 11 (3): pp 237-258.
  • Barton, A. and Davis, H. (2015) ‘Neo-liberalism, Higher Education and Anti-Politics: The Assault on the Criminological Imagination’, in Frauley, J. (ed.), C W Mills and the Criminological Imagination, Ashgate.
  • Barton, A. and Davis, H. (2013), ‘The Politics of Crime and the Crimes of Politics: Where Does Criminology Stand in the “War on the Poor”? European Group for the Study of Deviance and Social Control: Autumn Newsletter.
  • Barton, A. & Cooper, V. (2012), ‘Hostels and Community Justice for Women: The ‘Semi-penal’ Paradox’, in Malloch, M. & McIvor, G. (eds.) ‘Women, Punishment and Social Justice: Human Rights and Penal Practices’, Routledge.
  • Barton, A. & Brown, A. (2012), ‘Dark Tourism and the Prison’, Prison Service Journal,No 199, pp. 44-49.
  • Barton, A. (2011), ‘A Woman’s Place? Uncovering Maternalistic Forms of Governance in a 19th Century Reformatory’, Family and Community History, 14 (2), pp89-104.
  • Barton, A. & Brown, A. (2011), ‘Dartmoor: Penal and Cultural Icon’, Howard Journal of Criminal Justice, 50 (5) pp478-491.
  • Barton A., Corteen K., Davies J. & Hobson A. ‘Reading the Word and Reading the World: The Impact of a Critical Pedagogical Approach to the Teaching of Criminology in Higher Education’ (2009) International Journal of Criminal Justice Education, 21 (1) pp. 24 – 41.
  • Barton A., Corteen K., Scott D. & Whyte D. (eds) (2007), ‘Expanding the Criminological Imagination: Critical Readings in Criminology’, Willan.
  • Barton A. (2005), ‘Fragile Moralities and Dangerous Sexualities: Two Centuries of Semi-Penal Institutionalisation for Women’, Ashgate.
  • Barton A. (2005), Incapacitation’ and ‘Just Deserts’, in Bosworth M. (ed) (2005), Encyclopedia of Prisons and Correctional Facilities, Sage.
  • Barton, A. ‘Women and Community Punishment: The Probation Hostel as a Semi-Penal Institution for Female Offenders’(2004)Howard Journal of Criminal Justice, Vol 43, No.2, pp. 149-163.
  • Barton, A. ‘Responding to Punishment in the Community: Conformity as Resistance in a Women’s Probation Hostel’ (2002) British Journal of Community Justice, Vol 1, No 3, pp. 37–49.
  • Mair, G. & Barton, A. ‘Drugs Throughcare in a Local Prison: A Process Evaluation’ (2001) Drugs: Education, Prevention and Policy, Vol 8, No 4, pp. 335-345.
  • Barton, A. ‘Wayward Girls and Wicked Women: Two Centuries of Semi-Penal Control’ (2000) Liverpool Law Review, Vol 22, pp. 157-171.
  • Barton, A. & Evans, R, (1999) ‘Proactive Policing on Merseyside’, Home Office Police Research Group.
  • Roberts, K., Barton, A., Buchanan, J. & Goldson, B. (1996) ‘Evaluation of a Home Office Initiative to Help Offenders into Employment’, Home Office.

Conference Papers

  • Barton, A. & Brown, A. (2014) ‘Prison Tourism: Past and Present’, Representing Penal Histories: Displaying and Narrating the Criminal Past Conference, SOLON, Nottingham Galleries of Justice, Jan 2014.
  • Barton, A & Brown, A. (2012) ‘Prison Tourism and the Search for Ethical Authenticity’, Criminal Justice, History and Activism Conference, University of Liverpool, June 2012.
  • Barton, A. (2008), ‘Walking the Line: Involvement, Intervention and Care of the Self in Critical Research’, the American Society of Criminology Conference, St Louis, USA.
  • Barton, A. (2005), ‘Reflecting on the Research Process: Partial Identification and the Dilemmas of Standpoint Methodology’, American Society of Criminology Conference, Toronto, Canada.
  • Roach, L. & Barton, A. (2004), ‘Local Life: The Experience of Serving a Life Sentence in a Local Prison’, American Society of Criminology Conference, Nashville, USA.