OPINION ARTICLE Disclaimer: This article has sensitive content regarding descriptions of child pornography and sexual assault which may be triggering for some. Reader discretion is advised. Virtual child pornography – only by mentioning the subject I have seen many eyebrows frown in the past few months. A topic that provokes so much resistance from the wider … Continue reading Legalizing virtual child pornography: A suitable solution against sexual abuse of real life children – or not?
The date is the 13th of March 2019. The New York Police Department had just received a call of a confrontation that had occurred in Staten Island. The responding officers were quick to the scene, where they saw a man that had just been fatally shot. The deceased was a well-known man to local law … Continue reading Where we go one, we go all: Conspiracy Theories as a threat to democracy
In my first analysis for the Deviance Incubator, I addressed the historical trail from jihad to jihadism and the ideological machine of the latter. My second analysis, dedicated to the role of religion in the radicalisation process, provides a schematic overview of the relevant theories put forward in academia and a reflection on these approaches. … Continue reading The problem(s) with radicalisation theories and the poor understanding of malaise’s impact
Critical and Queer Criminology: A theoretical framework ‘I worry when “queer” becomes an identity. It was never an identity. It was always a critique of identity. I think if it ceases to be a critique of identity, it’s lost its critical edge’— Judith Butler1 Within cultural discourse, the term ‘queer’ has come to signify people, … Continue reading Queer Criminology and LGBTQI asylum seekers: performing and ‘proving’ sexual orientation in asylum procedures
In the early hours of September 9, 2020, fires broke out at the Moria refugee camp on the Greek island of Lesvos leading to the destruction of vast parts of the camp. Almost 13,000 residents are estimated to have been displaced as a consequence of the fires (Choose Love, 2020). Thousands of migrants left the … Continue reading The blaze at Moria was not accidental – An alternative inquiry
This blog entry is an experiment, and takes place in a lab devoid of all too rigid academic constraints often affiliated with the creation of concepts. The aim of the experiment is to synthesise a concept, and more precisely, the concept of ‘objective violence’. Picture a chemical lab, filled to the brim with boiling substances, … Continue reading Theoretical experiment #1: synthesising the concept ‘objective violence’
“I, for one, would be happy to accept a symbolic pound a year for the next two hundred years, as a token of apology” (2015) spoke Shashi Tharoor (MP Government of India, former UN diplomat) at the Oxford Union’s debate on whether “Britain owes reparations for her former colonies” (Tharoor, 2015). His address to the … Continue reading India and the British Empire: Addressing the Impact of Colonialism Through Reparations
From jihad to jihadism: the trail of political Islam and Salafism The role of religion in jihadi terrorism is still very much debated. The first trait that is important to outline is that Islam itself is a complex universe that historically witnessed a very profound linkage with politics, which is demonstrated by the experience of … Continue reading What is the role (if any) of religion in Jihadism?
Disclaimer: This article has sensitive content regarding descriptions of rape and sexual assault which may be triggering for some. Reader discretion is advised. During the war in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) in 1992-1995, which is just over 20 years ago there was large-scale violence and war crimes, ethnic cleansing and displacement, mass rapes, and other … Continue reading Reliving the violent historicism through the “alive” and still functioning ‘rape hotel’, Vilina Vlas. A study of the significance and potential consequences of a surviving symbol of the traumatic past.