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Anton Symkovych

Anton Symkovych University of Johannesburg
Ukraine
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The post-Soviet prisoner society and its normative system: Power, legitimacy, and dynamics of the Ukrainian prisoner self-organisation
Advanced Academia Programme

Anton Symkovych is a postdoctoral research fellow at the Sociology Department, University of Johannesburg in South Africa. His research extends from Californian juvenile correctional institutions to British and Ukrainian adult prisons and focuses on legal and extralegal governance, gender, and legitimacy. After received a PhD in Criminology from the University of Cambridge in 2011, he held teaching and research positions at the National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy (2011-13), University of Edinburgh (2014), University of Toronto (2014), and UC Berkeley (2014-15). As a proponent of cross-national and interdisciplinary research, Dr Symkovych intends to spend time at the Centre for Advanced Study, Sofia analysing and writing up data he collected in the Ukrainian and English prisons. His current project aims to develop the theorisation of prison adaptation and resistance and contribute to the conceptualization of order, power, and legitimacy.

Recent publications:

  •  Symkovych, A. 2018. Compromised power and negotiated order in a Ukrainian prison. British Journal of Criminology, 58 (1): 200-217: https://doi.org/10.1093/bjc/azx012 .
  • Symkovych, A. 2018. Negative visibility and ‘the defences of the weak’: The interplay of a managerial culture and prisoner resistance. Theoretical Criminology (Online First https://doi.org/10.1177/1362480618779404 ).
  • Symkovych, A. 2017. Sex in prisoner power relations: Attitudes and practices in a Ukrainian correctional colony for men. Howard Journal of Crime and Justice, 56 (1): 1-18: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/hojo.12177/full .
  • Symkovych, A. 2017. The ‘inmate code’ in flux: A normative system and extralegal governance in a Ukrainian prison. Current Sociology (Online First): https://doi.org/10.1177/0011392117744596 .
  • Symkovych, A. 2017. Do men in prison have nothing to lose but their manhood? Masculinities of prisoners and officers in a Ukrainian correctional colony. Men and Masculinities (Online First): https://doi.org/10.1177/1097184X17696172 .
  • Symkovych, A. 2017. The Ukrainian response to Sykes: Prisoner hierarchy and self-rule – power, legitimacy, and dynamics. British Journal of Criminology (Online First): https://doi.org/10.1093/bjc/azx076 .
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