This episode of Radio 4's Thinking Allowed series includes a segment on the way in which unwanted acts can become crimes. The relationship between levels of crime and fear of crime continues to exercise academics and policy makers alike. The question is asked if soaring prison populations accurately reflect the former or the latter. Laurie Taylor is joined by Nils Christie, Professor of Criminology at the University of Oslo, who argues that crime is a product of cultural, social and mental processes.
This episode of Radio 4's Woman's Hour series looks at female binge-drinking. Hospital consultants in the North of England have noticed increasing numbers of young women are seeking treatment after being injured in drunken brawls. They claim fighting between women is resulting in horrific injuries such as broken cheek bones, fractured hands, or facial wounds inflicted by being hit with glasses or bottles. Is this another consequence of binge-drinking or are women becoming more violent?
This episode of Radio 4's You and Yours series looks at the anti-social behaviour order or ASBO which is now 5 years old. The discussion looks at whether or not ASBOs are an acceptable way to control unacceptable behaviour and asks whether anything can be done to nip bad behaviour in the bud.
In Freudian Slips Lisa Appignanesi revisits five of Freud’s major works for their centenary. The focus for the first programme in the series is Freud's essay 'Sexual Aberrations'. The second programme looks at the essay 'Infantile Sexuality'. The third discusses the last of Freud's essays on sexuality in which he explains why the troubled adolescent has to relive childhood in a bid to leave home. The fourth programme in the series looks at 'Fragment of an Analysis of a Case of Hysteria' which was Freud's first great case history.
This episode of Radio 4's Woman's Hour series looks at what support is available for people released on appeal and why is it often less than if the accused had been found guilty. In December 2003 Angela Canning was cleared for murdering her two babies. This has led to the wholesale review of cases of parents and carers convicted of killing their babies over the last ten years. The Attorney General has already suggested that it might be appropriate for 24 cases to be considered for appeal.
This episode of Radio 4's You and Yours series looks at different views on the diagnosis of ADHD in children. Tens of thousands of children in the UK are given powerful drugs to calm them down. Leo Mckinstry, writer for The Spectator is one of the many who suspect that we are making an illness out of ordinary childhood behaviour and creating problems of hyperactivity by confining children in their homes.
Podcast from the Glasgow School of Social Work research seminar, 17/09/2009. Talk by Professor David Lyon.
Podcast from the Faculty of Education Professorial Lecture, University of Strathclyde, 22/01/2009. Talk by Professor Catherine Mackenzie.
The Scottish Executive has produced a DVD called 'Going Over' to help inform drug users, their families, friends and service providers about the risks associated with overdose and dispel some of the myths surrounding resuscitation. 'Going Over' presents four overdose scenarios that have been dramatised from real events. The stories give clear and important messages about responding to overdoses: put unconscious people in the recovery position and dial 999.
Podcast from Curriculum for Excellence - A Creative Curriculum, Crawfurd Theatre, Glasgow, 24th/25th April 2009. Talk by Harry Harbottle.