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Psychiatry, racism and crime: the case of Christopher Clunis reconsidered. (2024)
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Cummins, I. (in press). Psychiatry, racism and crime: the case of Christopher Clunis reconsidered. Frontiers in Psychiatry, 15, 1334020. https://doi.org/10.3389/fpsyt.2024.1334020

In December 2022, the death of Christopher Clunis was made public. He had actually died in February 2021. Christopher Clunis was convicted of the manslaughter of a stranger, Jonathan Zito. He attacked Mr Zito at a train station. This paper will argue... Read More about Psychiatry, racism and crime: the case of Christopher Clunis reconsidered..

‘Defunding the police’: A consideration of the implications for the police role in mental health work (2022)
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Cummins, I. (2022). ‘Defunding the police’: A consideration of the implications for the police role in mental health work. Police Journal, 96(2), 230-244. https://doi.org/10.1177/0032258x211047795

This paper examines the role of the police in mental health work. It explores whether the calls to ‘defund the police’ can be the basis for fundamental reforms of mental health services and the police role. The paper outlines the roots of the calls t... Read More about ‘Defunding the police’: A consideration of the implications for the police role in mental health work.

Poverty as a political choice : a comparative analysis of reports of the UN Rapporteur’s visits to the UK and Spain (2021)
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Cummins, I., & Gómez-Ciriano, E. (2021). Poverty as a political choice : a comparative analysis of reports of the UN Rapporteur’s visits to the UK and Spain. Journal of Human Rights and Social Work, 7, 104-113. https://doi.org/10.1007/s41134-021-00179-9

This paper presents a comparative analysis of two reports by the UN Rapporteur on extreme poverty and Human Rights, one for Spain and one for the UK. In both countries, austerity policies were introduced following the banking crisis of 2008. The UN R... Read More about Poverty as a political choice : a comparative analysis of reports of the UN Rapporteur’s visits to the UK and Spain.

Narratives of reform : The Mental Health Act (MHA) in England and Wales from the 1983 MHA to the Wessley Review (2018) (2020)
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Cummins, I. (2020). Narratives of reform : The Mental Health Act (MHA) in England and Wales from the 1983 MHA to the Wessley Review (2018). Journal of Adult Protection, 22(4), 217-226. https://doi.org/10.1108/JAP-03-2020-0009

Purpose This paper examines reform of mental health legislation in England and Wales. It covers the period from the introduction of the 1983 MHA to the proposed reforms out-lined in the Wessley Review that was published in December, 2018. Design/me... Read More about Narratives of reform : The Mental Health Act (MHA) in England and Wales from the 1983 MHA to the Wessley Review (2018).

Mass incarceration and neoliberal penality : a response to Lloyd and Whitehead’s Kicked to the Curb (2020)
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Cummins, I. (2020). Mass incarceration and neoliberal penality : a response to Lloyd and Whitehead’s Kicked to the Curb. International Journal of Law, Crime and Justice, 62, 100408. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijlcj.2020.100408

This paper is written in response to Lloyd and Whitehead’s (2018) Kicked to the Curb: The triangular trade of neoliberal polity, social insecurity, and penal expul-sion. Using the “triangular trade” that underpinned chattel slavery as an analytical m... Read More about Mass incarceration and neoliberal penality : a response to Lloyd and Whitehead’s Kicked to the Curb.

Using Fraser’s model of ‘progressive neoliberalism’ to analyse deinstitutionalisation and community care (2020)
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Cummins, I. (2020). Using Fraser’s model of ‘progressive neoliberalism’ to analyse deinstitutionalisation and community care. Critical and Radical Social Work, 8(1), 77-93. https://doi.org/10.1332/204986020x15783175560038

This article will argue that Nancy Fraser’s (2017, 2019) notion of ‘progressive neoliberalism’ provides a conceptual lens that can be effective in the development of a critical analysis of mental health policy in England and Wales during the period o... Read More about Using Fraser’s model of ‘progressive neoliberalism’ to analyse deinstitutionalisation and community care.

Using Fraser’s model of “progressive neoliberalism” to analyse deinstitutionalization and community care (2020)
Journal Article
Cummins, I. (2020). Using Fraser’s model of “progressive neoliberalism” to analyse deinstitutionalization and community care. Critical and Radical Social Work, 8(1), 77-93. https://doi.org/10.1332/204986020X15783175560038

This article will argue that Nancy Fraser’s notion of “progressive neoliberalism” (Fraser, 2017, 2019) provides a conceptual lens that can be effective in the development of a critical analysis of mental health policy in England and Wales during the... Read More about Using Fraser’s model of “progressive neoliberalism” to analyse deinstitutionalization and community care.

Lemn Sissay, My name is why : a memoir (2019)
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Cummins, I. (2020). Lemn Sissay, My name is why : a memoir. Qualitative Social Work, 19(1), 161-162

This is a review of Lemn Sissay's memoir of growing up in care

Reading Stuart Hall : the influence of the New Left on social work (2019)
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social work. Critical and Radical Social Work, 7(3), 367-379. https://doi.org/10.1332/204986019X15668423845081

This article will discuss the work of the late cultural and political theorist Professor Stuart Hall (1932–2014). Hall made hugely significant contributions in cultural studies. In addition, he was one of the first thinkers on the Left to recognise t... Read More about Reading Stuart Hall : the influence of the New Left on social work.

Viewpoint : Fineman and vulnerability (2019)
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Cummins, I. (2019). Viewpoint : Fineman and vulnerability. Journal of Adult Protection, 21(2), 85-88. https://doi.org/10.1108/JAP-10-2018-0021

Purpose: The purpose of this paper is to argue that the work of the American feminist political and legal philosopher, Martha Fineman can be the basis for a shift away from the proceduralism and managerialism that has come to dominate social work pra... Read More about Viewpoint : Fineman and vulnerability.

Viewpoint : CPS guidance on prosecuting rape and sexual assault cases (2019)
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Foley, M., & Cummins, I. (2019). Viewpoint : CPS guidance on prosecuting rape and sexual assault cases. Journal of Adult Protection, 21(1), 32-35. https://doi.org/10.1108/JAP-10-2018-0022

Purpose: The purpose of this paper is to highlight concerns about recent CPS guidance on the prosecution of rape and sexual assault cases. Design/methodology/approach: The paper places the CPS guidance in the wider policy context of concerns abo... Read More about Viewpoint : CPS guidance on prosecuting rape and sexual assault cases.

The impact of austerity on mental health service provision : a UK perspective (2018)
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Cummins, I. (2018). The impact of austerity on mental health service provision : a UK perspective. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 15(6), 1145. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph15061145

This is a discussion paper which examines the impact of austerity policies on the provision of mental health services in the United Kingdom. Austerity is a shorthand for a series of policies introduced by the Conservative and Liberal Democrat Coalit... Read More about The impact of austerity on mental health service provision : a UK perspective.

Reporting sexual violence on mental health wards (2018)
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Foley, M., & Cummins, I. (2018). Reporting sexual violence on mental health wards. Journal of Adult Protection, 20(2), 93-100. https://doi.org/10.1108/jap-11-2017-0036

Purpose This paper reports the findings of a scoping study that explored the extent of recorded sexual violence perpetrated on inpatients on mental health units. Design/methodology/approach Using Freedom of Information Act (FOI) requests, d... Read More about Reporting sexual violence on mental health wards.

Social work and the penal state (2016)
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Cummins, I. (2016). Social work and the penal state. European Journal of Social Work, 20(1), 54-63. https://doi.org/10.1080/13691457.2016.1206850

The Criminal Justice System (CJS) has historically been a key site of social work intervention. Wacquant (2008, 2009a and 2009b) argues that the growth of social insecurity and the expansion of the penal state are endogenous features of the neo-liber... Read More about Social work and the penal state.

Putting diagnosis into brackets : Franco Basaglia, radical psychiatry, and contemporary mental health services (2016)
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Cummins, I. (2016). Putting diagnosis into brackets : Franco Basaglia, radical psychiatry, and contemporary mental health services. Illness, Crisis and Loss, 26(3), 187-199. https://doi.org/10.1177/1054137316659206

Mental health services in England and Wales are facing a crisis. The vision of properly funded, flexible, and service-user focused community-based services, that was one of the key drivers of deinstitutionalization, has never been realized. This arti... Read More about Putting diagnosis into brackets : Franco Basaglia, radical psychiatry, and contemporary mental health services.

From hero of the counterculture to risk assessment : a consideration of two portrayals of the “psychiatric patient” (2016)
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Cummins, I. (2016). From hero of the counterculture to risk assessment : a consideration of two portrayals of the “psychiatric patient”. Illness, Crisis and Loss, 26(2), 111-123. https://doi.org/10.1177/1054137316649734

This article is based on a comparative thematic analysis of two novels that explore the experiences of institutional psychiatric care. Ken Kesey’s 1962 novel One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest is a classic of modern U.S. literature. It is argued here th... Read More about From hero of the counterculture to risk assessment : a consideration of two portrayals of the “psychiatric patient”.

Wacquant, urban marginality, territorial stigmatization and social work (2016)
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Cummins, I. (2016). Wacquant, urban marginality, territorial stigmatization and social work. Aotearoa New Zealand social work (Online), 28(2), 75-83. https://doi.org/10.11157/anzswj-vol28iss2id226

Loic Wacquant is currently Professor of Sociology at the University of California at Berkeley. He has written extensively on issues related to urban poverty, race and the expansion of the use of imprisonment. Wacquant is heavily influenced by the wor... Read More about Wacquant, urban marginality, territorial stigmatization and social work.

Policing and street triage (2016)
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Cummins, I., & Edmondson, D. (2016). Policing and street triage. Journal of Adult Protection, 18(1), 40-52. https://doi.org/10.1108/JAP-03-2015-0009

Purpose – In his recent report, Lord Adebowale (2013) described mental health issues as “core police business”. The recent retrenchment in mental health and wider public services mean that the demands on the police in this area are likely to incre... Read More about Policing and street triage.

The strange case of Ian Stuart Brady and the Mental Health Review Tribunal (2016)
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Cummins, I., Foley, M., & King, M. (2016). The strange case of Ian Stuart Brady and the Mental Health Review Tribunal. ˜The œInternet journal of criminology,

Haggerty (2009) argues that serial killing is essentially a phenomenon of modernity. One of the key features of modernity is the role of mass media and the rise of celebrity culture. He suggests that there is a symbiotic relationship between the medi... Read More about The strange case of Ian Stuart Brady and the Mental Health Review Tribunal.

'Drowning in here in his bloody sea' : exploring TV cop drama's representations of the impact of stress in modern policing (2015)
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Cummins, I., & King, M. (2015). 'Drowning in here in his bloody sea' : exploring TV cop drama's representations of the impact of stress in modern policing. Policing and Society, 27(8), 832-846. https://doi.org/10.1080/10439463.2015.1112387

The Criminal Justice System is a part of society that is both familiar and hidden. It is familiar in that a large part of daily news and television drama is devoted to it (Carrabine, 2008; Jewkes, 2011). It is hidden in the sense that the majority of... Read More about 'Drowning in here in his bloody sea' : exploring TV cop drama's representations of the impact of stress in modern policing.

Reading the death of Mrs A : a serious case review (2015)
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Cummins, I., & Foley, M. (2015). Reading the death of Mrs A : a serious case review. Journal of Adult Protection, 17(5), 321-330. https://doi.org/10.1108/JAP-12-2014-0038

Purpose – The purpose is to report the main themes identified into the SCR produced by Surrey Safeguarding Adults Board (SSAB) regarding the suicide of Mrs A in January 2013. Design –A case study approach is used to examine the SCR. The article li... Read More about Reading the death of Mrs A : a serious case review.

The criminal entrepreneur in David Peace’s Red Riding (2015)
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King, M., & Cummins, I. (2015). The criminal entrepreneur in David Peace’s Red Riding. Contemporary issues in entrepreneurship research (Print), 5, 155-177. https://doi.org/10.1108/S2040-724620150000005013

Purpose: David Peace’s Red Riding quartet ( 1974; 1977; 1980; 1983 ) was published in the UK between 1999 and 2002. The novels are an excoriating portrayal of the violences of men, focusing on paedophilia and child murder, the hunt for the Yorkshire... Read More about The criminal entrepreneur in David Peace’s Red Riding.

Reading Wacquant : social work and advanced marginality (2015)
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Cummins, I. (2015). Reading Wacquant : social work and advanced marginality. European Journal of Social Work, 19(2), 263-274. https://doi.org/10.1080/13691457.2015.1022861

Professor Loic Wacquant was born in Montpelier in 1960. He was educated in Francebefore completing a Ph.D. in Chicago in 1994. He is currently Professor of Sociology at the University of California at Berkeley. His work is concerned with the impact o... Read More about Reading Wacquant : social work and advanced marginality.

Discussing race, racism and mental health : two mental health inquiries reconsidered (2015)
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Cummins, I. (2015). Discussing race, racism and mental health : two mental health inquiries reconsidered. International Journal of Human Rights in Healthcare, 8(3), 160-172. https://doi.org/10.1108/IJHRH-08-2014-0017

The failings of “community care” in the late 1980s and early 1990s led to a number of Inquiries. This paper will examine one of these key issues that is rarely if ever at the forefront of the inquiry process – the experiences of young black men of Af... Read More about Discussing race, racism and mental health : two mental health inquiries reconsidered.

Happy like profilers: Gordon Burn, modernity and serial killing (2014)
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Cummins, I., & King, M. (2014). Happy like profilers: Gordon Burn, modernity and serial killing. International journal of criminology & sociological theory, 7(3),

Haggerty (2009) has outlined the ways, in which, “serial killers” can be seen as a product of modernity. In particular, he highlights the ways, in which, a symbiotic relationship has developed between the media and “serial killers”. A significa... Read More about Happy like profilers: Gordon Burn, modernity and serial killing.

‘. . . And after the break’: Police officers’ views of TV crime drama (2014)
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views of TV crime drama. Policing, 8(2), 205-211. https://doi.org/10.1093/police/pau014

The police procedural drama is a staple feature of the TV listings. Detective fiction dominates the best sellers’ lists. Despite this, the day-to-day reality of policing is obscured from the vast majority of the public who have little direct contac... Read More about ‘. . . And after the break’: Police officers’ views of TV crime drama.

The violences of men : David Peace’s 1974 (2014)
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Cummins, I., & King, M. (2014). The violences of men : David Peace’s 1974. Culture, society & masculinities (Print), 6(1), 91-108

This article examines representations of hegemonic masculinity and the resultant “violences of men” in the context of literature on representations of men and masculinities and representations of policing in TV and films. Using bricolage as a theoret... Read More about The violences of men : David Peace’s 1974.

Policing and mental illness in the era of deinstutionalisation and mass incarceration: A UK Perspective (2013)
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Cummins, I. (2013). Policing and mental illness in the era of deinstutionalisation and mass incarceration: A UK Perspective. International journal of criminology & sociological theory, 6(4), 92-104

The policy of deinstitutionalisation, a progressive policy aimed at reducing the civic and social isolation of the mentally ill, did not achieve its utopian aims. Wolff (2005)/Moon (2000) argue that the Asylum has been replaced by fragmented, disloca... Read More about Policing and mental illness in the era of deinstutionalisation and mass incarceration: A UK Perspective.

Our side of the mirror : the (re)-construction of 1970s’ masculinity in David Peace’s Red Riding (2013)
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King, M., & Cummins, I. (2013). Our side of the mirror : the (re)-construction of 1970s’ masculinity in David Peace’s Red Riding. https://doi.org/10.4172/2375-4435.1000104

David Peace and the late Gordon Burn are two British novelists who have used a mixture of fact and fiction in their works to explore the nature of fame, celebrity and the media representations of individuals caught up in events, including investiga... Read More about Our side of the mirror : the (re)-construction of 1970s’ masculinity in David Peace’s Red Riding.

“Dead cities, crows, the rain and their ripper, the Yorkshire ripper”: The red riding novels (1974, 1977, 1980, 1983) of David Peace as Lieux d’horreur (2013)
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King, M., & Cummins, I. (2013). “Dead cities, crows, the rain and their ripper, the Yorkshire ripper”: The red riding novels (1974, 1977, 1980, 1983) of David Peace as Lieux d’horreur. International journal of criminology & sociological theory, 6(3), 43-56

This article explores the role and importance of place in the Red Riding novels of David Peace. Drawing on Nora’s (1989) concept of Lieux de mémoire and Rejinders’ (2010) development of this work in relation to the imaginary world of the TV detective... Read More about “Dead cities, crows, the rain and their ripper, the Yorkshire ripper”: The red riding novels (1974, 1977, 1980, 1983) of David Peace as Lieux d’horreur.

Using Simon's Governing through crime to explore the development of mental health policy in England and Wales since 1983 (2013)
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since 1983. Journal of Social Welfare and Family Law, 34(3), 325-337. https://doi.org/10.1080/09649069.2012.750482

The reform of the Mental Health Act in 2007 saw the introduction of SupervisedCommunity Treatment Orders (CTOs) in England and Wales. It is argued that this marks a fundamental shift in the rights of those subject to mental health legislation.This pa... Read More about Using Simon's Governing through crime to explore the development of mental health policy in England and Wales since 1983.

Policing and mental illness in England and Wales post Bradley (2012)
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Cummins, I. (2012). Policing and mental illness in England and Wales post Bradley. Policing, 6(4), 365-376. https://doi.org/10.1093/police/pas024

The Bradley Review (2009) is a major analysis of the treatment of people with mental problems and learning disabilities within the Criminal Justice System (CJS). The legal system and penal policy in UK and similar legaljurisdictions do not regard of... Read More about Policing and mental illness in England and Wales post Bradley.

Mental health and custody: a follow on study (2012)
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Cummins, I. (2012). Mental health and custody: a follow on study. Journal of Adult Protection, 14(2), 73-81. https://doi.org/10.1108/14668201211217521

Purpose – The purpose of the paper is to report the findings of a small scale indicative research project. The project explores the assessment of detained persons in police custody by Forensic Physicians (FP). Design/methodology/approach – A range... Read More about Mental health and custody: a follow on study.

‘The other side of silence’: The role of the appropriate adult post-Bradley (2011)
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of the appropriate adult post-Bradley. Ethics and Social Welfare, 5(3), 306-312. https://doi.org/10.1080/17496535.2011.597163

The publication of the Bradley review in the United Kingdom is a watershed in the development of policy regarding the way that the Criminal Justice System responds to individuals with mental health problems. It then goes on to explore one aspect o... Read More about ‘The other side of silence’: The role of the appropriate adult post-Bradley.

Distant Voices Still Lives: reflections on the impact of media reporting of the cases of Christopher Clunis and Ben Silcock (2010)
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Cummins, I. (2010). Distant Voices Still Lives: reflections on the impact of media reporting of the cases of Christopher Clunis and Ben Silcock. Ethnicity and Inequalities in Health and Social Care, 3(4), 18-29. https://doi.org/10.5042/eihsc.2011.0074

One of the main features of the reform of the Mental Health Act (2007) was the introduction of Community Treatment Orders (CTOs). CTOs represent a fundamental shift in the rights of people with severe mental health problems, who have been detained in... Read More about Distant Voices Still Lives: reflections on the impact of media reporting of the cases of Christopher Clunis and Ben Silcock.

Deinstitutionalisation; mental health services in the age of neo-liberalism (2010)
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Cummins, I. (2010). Deinstitutionalisation; mental health services in the age of neo-liberalism. Journal of Social Policy and Social Work in Transition, 1(2), 55-74

The policy of deinstitutionalisation i.e. the closure of large psychiatric hospitals and a move towards community-based mental health services has been a feature of services developments in liberal democracies. This policy was the result of a series... Read More about Deinstitutionalisation; mental health services in the age of neo-liberalism.

Blue remembered skills : mental health awareness training for police officers (2010)
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Cummins, I., & Jones, S. (2010). Blue remembered skills : mental health awareness training for police officers. Journal of Adult Protection, 12(3), 14-19. https://doi.org/10.5042/jap.2010.0410

The Bradley Report (Bradley, 2009) has raised a number of important questions regarding the treatment of individuals who are experiencing mental health problems and find themselves in the criminal justice system. One of the key recommendations is th... Read More about Blue remembered skills : mental health awareness training for police officers.

A path not taken? Mentally disordered offenders and the criminal justice system
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Cummins, I. A path not taken? Mentally disordered offenders and the criminal justice system. Journal of Social Welfare and Family Law, 28(3), 267-281. https://doi.org/10.1080/09649060601119466

The long stated aim of UK Government policy has been to divert mentally disordered offenders from the Criminal Justice system to services where their mental health needs can be adequately addressed. An examination of the rates of mental disorder am... Read More about A path not taken? Mentally disordered offenders and the criminal justice system.