Stretton Institute Research Seminar

The University of Adelaide’s Stretton Institute and the Department of Sociology, Criminology and Gender Studies are delighted to jointly host international guest speaker Professor Claire Hamilton.

The rise of exclusionary populism is widely regarded as one of the most significant phenomena in today's political world. While some element of endangerment or threat to security is central to the populist claim to defend 'the people', the issue remains under-explored in the literature, including the affective power of populist security narratives. Against this background, this paper outlines the intersections between radical right populism, security and the emotions, as well as a number of pioneer publications that aim to draw these literatures together. Focusing on two recent shocking crimes in France and Ireland the analysis demonstrates, contra the canonical literature, that in their security narratives radical right populist (RRP) parties in both countries appeal to positive emotions such as hope and pride, as well as negative emotions such as fear, anger, and humiliation.

Speaker Details: Professor Claire Hamilton is Professor of Criminology and Head of Criminology in the School of Law and Criminology, Maynooth University, Ireland. Her research interests coalesce around the (comparative) politics of crime and security, spanning criminal procedure reforms, counter-terrorism and penology. Professor Hamilton has published widely in various national and international legal and criminological journals and she is the author/ co-editor of six books, the most recent of which is the Research Handbook of Comparative Criminal Justice (Edward Elgar, 2022, co-edited with David Nelken). 

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