Mr William Coyles
William graduated from the University of Central Lancashire in July 2009 with a First Class (Hons) degree in Criminology with Sociology. He joined Durham University as a research student in November 2009 and is currently working towards the Master of Jurisprudence (MJur).
Under the supervision of Mr David O’Mahony and Mr Neil Cobb, William’s current research focuses upon the problematisation of the ‘underclass child’ by the British state in postmodernity. The research’s primary focus is the Youth Rehabilitation Order (YRO), a new generic community sentence contained within the Criminal Justice and Immigration Act 2008 which comes into effect in November 2009. The research shall examine the implications that the hybrid political technologies contained within the order have for the ‘underclass child’s’ human rights- particularly those concerning proportionality of sentence and due process. A genealogy of the child as an object of power/knowledge shall be performed which seeks to situate the YRO at the frontier of a trajectory of legislative responses since the early 1990’s which have problematised the ‘underclass child’s’ nomadic form of existence beyond the enclosures of the nuclear family and the school. It shall be argued that the increasing inability of the modern regime of control to discipline and bio-politically invest this peripatetic and ontologically immature population has resulted in the development of postmodern, nomadic technologies of control which have as their aim the immobilisation and coercive bio-political investment of the ‘underclass child’ in an extra juridical ‘state of exception’.
- Continental Philosophy
- Human Rights Law
Journal papers: academic
- Coyles, W. (2009). The Bare Life of the ‘Problem Drug User’ An Analysis of Neo-Liberal State Responses to ‘Problem Drug Users’. The Internet Journal of Criminology