Teejay & Mary: Two Tales of Supervision

Episode 4


Season 3

6th December 2022 | Professor Fergus McNeill | 55:00

Fergus McNeill, who’s a Professor of Criminology and Social Work at the University of Glasgow, started his career as a criminal justice social worker before entering the world of academia in the late 90’s. Since then, much of his work has focused on how we punish, rehabilitate and reintegrate people into the community after they’ve offended.

In this episode we talk about how two very different encounters Fergus has had during his career – one with a man we’re calling Teejay and another with Mary – had a profound and enduring impact on his research and his perception of supervision.

As Fergus uses song writing and photography to both engage and collaborate with Teejay, we also look at the role art has played in helping him understand people with lived experiences, and how it’s provided a degree of proximity to his research participants.

Pervasive Punishment: Making Sense of Mass Supervision (2018) Emerald Publishing is available here.

McNeill, F. (2018) ‘Mass supervision, misrecognition and the Malopticon’, Punishment and Society, first published January 29, 2018, https://doi.org/10.1177/1462474518755137 An open access version can be found here: http://eprints.gla.ac.uk/154645/

The song played at the end of the episode is called Blankface which featured on the Vox Liminis Seen and Heard EP. Written by Teejay with Fergus McNeill. Performed by: Louis Abbott, Donna Maciocia and Tom Gibbs. Recorded and produced by Louis Abbott

Hosted/Produced/Edited by Rachelle Cobain, Communications Officer at SCCJR

Follow us on Twitter @RachelleCobain @fergus_mcneill

Music: ‘Rewind’ by Donna Maciocia and Sean H available to download from the Distant Voices EP ‘Looking at Colours Again’.

Visit the Scottish Centre for Crime and Justice Research website: www.sccjr.ac.uk and follow @TheSCCJR on Twitter & Instagram

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