Jennifer Fleetwood

Staff details

Position Lecturer
Department Sociology
Email j.fleetwood (@gold.ac.uk)
Jennifer Fleetwood

Jennifer is a criminologist and sociologist whose research and writing centres on women, gender, and crime/law-breaking. She has used an array of research methods, including ethnography and interviews to understand women’s involvement in drug trafficking as mules and as street level drug dealers.

Jennifer joined Goldsmiths in June 2017. Before that she worked at the University of Leicester and the University of Kent. Her PhD, completed her PhD at the University of Edinburgh is now available as a book titled Drug Mules: Women in the international cocaine trade (winner of the British Society of Criminology Book prize, 2015).

She is an active member of the British Society of Criminology and is a member of the Women’s Network Steering Group, and the Ethics sub-committee. She also co-chairs the British Society of Criminology Southern Branch.

Teaching

Jennifer convenes the BA Criminology and the BA Criminology and Sociology and teaches on core criminology modules. She convenes an optional module on Globalisation, Crime and Justice.

Areas of supervision

Jennifer is keen to supervise PhD students interested in narrative, cultural or feminist criminologies, and especially any projects employing ethnographic or qualitative approaches.

Completed PhD students

  • Camille Stengel, An ethnographic, photo-participatory exploration of a harm reduction centre in Hungary. University Of Kent, 2015.
  • Nayeli Urquiza Haas, Gender and vulnerability: Drug mules and the problem of subjectivity and ambiguity in criminal law. University of Kent, 2014.
  • Ruth Sheldon. Ordinary Ethics and Democratic Life: Palestine-Israel in British Universities. University of Kent, 2013.

Research Interests

Jennifer’s research interests include women’s involvement in crime, especially in relation to globalisation. In the past she has researched women’s involvement in the drug trade, and at present she is interested in women’s self-defence violence. Jennifer’s research and writing contributes to narrative criminology.

Publications

Book

Drug Mules: Women in the international cocaine trade
Fleetwood, J. 2014. Drug Mules: Women in the international cocaine trade. Basingstoke: Palgrave MacMillan. ISBN 978-1-137-27189-1

Edited Journal

Drug Mules: International advances in research and policy
Fleetwood, Jennifer, ed. 2017. Drug Mules: International advances in research and policy, The Howard Journal of Crime and Justice, 56(3). 2059-1098

Ethnographic research on crime and control
Fleetwood, Jennifer and Potter, Gary R., eds. 2017. Ethnographic research on crime and control, Methodological Innovations., . 2059-7991

Book Section

The backpacker’s guide to the prison: penal tourism in Latin America
Fleetwood, J and Turner, J. 2017. The backpacker’s guide to the prison: penal tourism in Latin America. In: J. Z Wilson; S Hodgkinson; P Piché and K Walby, eds. The Palgrave Handbook of Prison Tourism. Basingstoke: Palgrave MacMillan, pp. 887-908. ISBN 978-1-137-56134-3

In search of respectability: narrative practice in a women’s prison in Quito, Ecuador
Fleetwood, J. 2015. In search of respectability: narrative practice in a women’s prison in Quito, Ecuador. In: L Presser and S Sandberg, eds. Narrative Criminology: Understanding Stories of Crime. New York: New York University Press, pp. 42-68. ISBN 9781479823413

Mothers and Children of the International Drug War
Fleetwood, J and Torres, A. 2011. Mothers and Children of the International Drug War. In: D Barrett, ed. Children of the Drug War. London: idebate, pp. 127-141. ISBN 78-1-61770-018-7

Article

Women, Drugs and the Death Penalty: Framing Sandiford
Fleetwood, J and Seal, L. 2017. Women, Drugs and the Death Penalty: Framing Sandiford. The Howard Journal of Crime and Justice, 56(3), pp. 358-381.

Introduction. Drug Mules: International Advances in Research and Policy
Fleetwood, Jennifer. 2017. Introduction. Drug Mules: International Advances in Research and Policy. The Howard Journal of Crime and Justice, 56(3), pp. 279-287. ISSN 2059-1098

Ethnographic research on crime and control: Editors’ introduction
Fleetwood, Jennifer and Potter, Gary R.. 2017. Ethnographic research on crime and control: Editors’ introduction. Methodological Innovations, 10(1), pp. 1-4.

Law for ethnographers
Elliott, T and Fleetwood, J. 2017. Law for ethnographers. Methodological Innovations, 10(1), pp. 1-13.

The Blind Panopticon: Prisoners’ subversion of the prison in Ecuador 1845-2014
Nuñez, J and Fleetwood, J. 2017. The Blind Panopticon: Prisoners’ subversion of the prison in Ecuador 1845-2014. Prison Service Journal, 229, pp. 35-40. ISSN 0300-3558

An insider’s view of prison reform in Ecuador
Tritton, P and Fleetwood, J. 2017. An insider’s view of prison reform in Ecuador. Prison Service Journal, 229, pp. 40-45. ISSN 0300-3558

Entering the Global Field: Talk, Travel and Narrative Practice in Ecuadorian Prisons
Fleetwood, J. 2016. Entering the Global Field: Talk, Travel and Narrative Practice in Ecuadorian Prisons. British Journal of Community Justice, 14(2), pp. 13-32. ISSN 1475-0279

Street talk and Bourdieusian criminology: Bringing narrative to field theory
Sandberg, S and Fleetwood, J. 2016. Street talk and Bourdieusian criminology: Bringing narrative to field theory. Criminology and Criminal Justice, ISSN 1748-8958

Are drug users to blame for the violence of the drug trade?
Daly, M and Fleetwood, J. 2016. Are drug users to blame for the violence of the drug trade? Vice,

Narrative habitus: thinking through structure/agency in the narratives of offenders
Fleetwood, J. 2016. Narrative habitus: thinking through structure/agency in the narratives of offenders. Crime, Media, Culture, 12(2), pp. 173-192. ISSN 1741-6590

Mafias, markets, mules: Gender stereotypes in discourses about drug trafficking
Fleetwood, J. 2015. Mafias, markets, mules: Gender stereotypes in discourses about drug trafficking. Sociology Compss, 9(11), pp. 962-976.

A narrative approach to women’s lawbreaking
Fleetwood, J. 2015. A narrative approach to women’s lawbreaking. Feminist Criminology, 10(4), pp. 368-388. ISSN 1557-0851

Shorter sentences for drug mules: The early impact of the sentencing guidelines in England and Wales
Fleetwood, J; Radcliffe, P and Stevens, A. 2015. Shorter sentences for drug mules: The early impact of the sentencing guidelines in England and Wales. Drugs: Education, Prevention & Policy, 22(5), pp. 428-436. ISSN 0968-7637

Five myths about drug mules and the death penalty
Fleetwood, J. 2013. Five myths about drug mules and the death penalty. The Conversation,

Keeping out of trouble: Female crack cocaine dealers in England
Fleetwood, J. 2013. Keeping out of trouble: Female crack cocaine dealers in England. European Journal of Criminology, 11(1), pp. 91-109. ISSN 1477-3708

Five Kilos: Penalties and Practice in the International Cocaine Trade
Fleetwood, J. 2011. Five Kilos: Penalties and Practice in the International Cocaine Trade. British Journal of Criminology, 51(2), pp. 375-393. ISSN 0007-0955

Gendering the agenda: women drug mules in Resolution 52/1 of the Commission of Narcotic Drugs at the United Nations
Fleetwood, J and Urquiza Haas, N. 2011. Gendering the agenda: women drug mules in Resolution 52/1 of the Commission of Narcotic Drugs at the United Nations. Drugs and Alcohol Today, 11(4), pp. 194-204. ISSN 1745-9265

Emotional work: ethnographic fieldwork in prisons in Ecuador
Fleetwood, J. 2009. Emotional work: ethnographic fieldwork in prisons in Ecuador. Esharp, Special edition on researching hidden communities., pp. 28-50.

Report

Sentencing Reform for drug trafficking in England and Wales’, IDPC Briefing paper, International Drug policy consortium
Fleetwood, J. 2015. Sentencing Reform for drug trafficking in England and Wales’, IDPC Briefing paper, International Drug policy consortium. Discussion Paper. International Drug Policy Consrtium, London.