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EKU Professor and Graduate Student Research on Arms Trafficking Published

Critical Criminology

Dr. Victoria Collins, Assistant Professor, School of Justice Studies and Melissa Pujol, who graduated with her MS in criminal justice in 2015 examine how arms trafficking prosecutions fit within the realm of neo-liberal crime control policies where the focus is hyper-individualism and the protection of state legitimacy, which allows for the maintenance of a flourishing arms market.


Collins and Pujol have utilized a qualitative case study approach to examine the framing and presentation of arms trafficking charges against notorious arms dealer Viktor Bout for the 4 years following his apprehension on March 7, 2008. Discourse analysis was used to examine the role of state/s in the prosecution of an international arms dealer paying particular attention to the power of the state in shaping the course of the trial, creating discourse about the crime itself, and the network of actors both involved in the sting and the charges being prosecuted.

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Published on March 01, 2016

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