CUS member dr. Julienne Weegels obtained a research grant from the new Kenniscentrum Ongelijkheid to work on an Amsterdam-based research project with dr. Thijs Jeursen (Universiteit Utrecht), Veronique Achoui (Restorative Justice Netherlands), and Fleur Souverein (Kenniswerkplaats Vrijheidsbeneming & Maatschappij).
The project will run for 18 months and is about the ways in which the Dutch criminal justice system produces, mitigates and reinforces social and spatial inequalities. From neighborhood policing to reinsertion after prison time, we'll be looking at the full range of crime control-based state interventions in the living environments and lives of young adults from different socioeconomic backgrounds.
The project's name "Het Ongelijkheidsbeginsel" is a wordplay on the principle of equality before the law, spinning it to mean the principle of inequality instead. It is an interdisciplinary, practice-oriented project at the crossroads of urban and legal anthropology, critical criminology and carceral geography, aimed at pealing apart and fighting cumulative inequalities.
This project is a follow-up of ILLICITIES, a research network funded by a seed grant from the CUS, that explores the nexus of city-making and organized crime