Episode 46 – Exploring Victimhood

4 – Criminology Matters – Paul Gallagher, PhD researcher in the Mitchell Institute for Global Peace, Security and Justice at Queen’s, and Dr Sarah Jankowitz, Lecturer in Criminology in the School of Social Sciences, Education and Social Work, discuss the complex concept of victimhood.

Sarah begins with an overview of how victimhood as a concept is socially constructed, and discusses the implications of the so-called ‘ideal victim’ image for how society responds to victims’ needs.

Paul then shares his own experiences of violence during the Northern Ireland conflict and how he encounters many of the paradoxes of victimhood in his advocacy work as part of the campaign for a pension for those severely injured as a result of the conflict and on the Victims and Survivors Forum.

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