Dr Ronald Kramer

BA with Honors (La Trobe University), MA Sociology, M Phil Sociology, PhD Sociology (Yale University)

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Senior Lecturer

Research | Current

  • Critical and cultural criminology
  • Graffiti and street art
  • Subcultures
  • Criminalization
  • Crime/deviance
  • Qualitative methods

My research focuses on how power asymmetries impact our thinking about crime and deviance, and how they shape everyday practices within criminal justice systems. The relationship between power, deviance and control has been explored through empirical studies on graffiti writing culture, fieldwork conducted in Rikers Island, and an institutional ethnography of district courts. My current project revolves around the misguided faith we place in science and technology to curtail criminalized behavior.

Teaching | Current

CRIM 200 Cultural Criminology

SOCIOL 203 Social Reality and Ideology

CRIM 700 Research in Criminology

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

  • Ross, J. I., & Kramer, R. (2018). What's up doc: A review and analysis of English language documentaries on contemporary graffiti and street art. Street Art and Urban Creativity Scientific Journal, 4 (2), 99-107. Related URL.
  • Kramer, R. (2017). Crime, Law and Justice in New Zealand by Greg Newbold, Routledge, 2016 [Book review]. Counterfutures: Left thought & practice Aotearoa (3), 161-166. Related URL.
  • Kramer, R. (2017). The rise of legal graffiti writing in New York and beyond. Singapore: Palgrave Macmillan. Pages: 165. 10.1007/978-981-10-2800-7
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/32246
  • Kramer, R. (2016). Differential Punishment of Similar Behaviour: Sentencing Assault Cases in a Specialized Family Violence Court and ‘Regular Sentencing’ Courts. British Journal of Criminology, 56 (4), 689-708. 10.1093/bjc/azv064
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/28995
  • Kramer, R. (2016). The elusive nature of critical codes: Graffiti writing culture in film. Street Art and Urban Creativity, 2 (1), 67-76.
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/32416
  • Kramer, R. (2016). New York City’s moral panic over graffiti: Normalizing neoliberal penality and paving the way for growth machines. In J. I. Ross (Ed.) Routledge Handbook of Graffiti and Street Art (pp. 404-415). New York: Routledge. Related URL.
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/28614
  • Kramer, R. (2016). Straight from the underground: New York City's legal graffiti writing culture. In J. I. Ross (Ed.) Routledge Handbook of Graffiti and Street Art (pp. 113-123). New York: Routledge. Related URL.
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/28613
  • Kramer, R. (2015). Visual Boredom: Commodification and Exclusion in Graffiti-Less Auckland. Metropolitics Related URL.
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/26301

Contact details

Primary office location

HSB - EAST - Bldg 201E
Level 9, Room 928
New Zealand

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