Biography

Dr. Justice Tankebe

Lecturer


Biography

Dr. Justice Tankebe is a University Lecturer in Criminology, and the Director of the Institute of Criminology's MPhil Programme. Justice attended Agogo State Secondary School (now Agogo State College) in Agogo Asante Akim, Ghana. He holds a B. A. in Sociology from the University of Ghana, Legon, where he also worked as a teaching assistant after his studies. He joined St. Edmund's College, University of Cambridge, in 2004 to study for MPhil in Criminological Research and Ph.D. in Criminology. Between 2008 and 2011, Justice held postdoctoral research fellowships from the ESRC, the British Academy, and Fitzwilliam College. Prior to his current appointment, he was a teaching associate on the Police Executive Programme at the Institute of Criminology, Cambridge.


Research and Supervision Interests

Justice's interests within criminology include comparative criminology, theoretical criminology, sociology of law, police practices, legitimacy and legitimation, organisational justice, crime control and non-state actors, democracy and disorder in Ghana, and corruption. His current research projects include sentencing decision-making in Ghana, the death penalty in Africa, and a longitudinal study of power-holder legitimacy.
Students interested in doctoral studies in any of these areas of interest should contact Justice with a synopsis of their research proposal. He is also happy to discuss ideas with prospective students.


Books

  1. Tankebe, J. and Liebling A. (2013) (eds.) Legitimacy and Criminal Justice: An International Exploration. Oxford: Oxford University Press
  2. Tankebe, J. and Bottoms, A. E. (forthcoming 2014) Criminal Justice, Social Order and Legitimacy. Oxford: Clarendon Press

Book Chapters

  1. Tankebe, J. (forthcoming 2014) Police Legitimacy. In M. D. Reisig & J. Kane (eds.) Oxford Handbook of Police and Policing. New York: Oxford University Press
  2. Bottoms, A. E and Tankebe, J. (2013) 'Voice Within': Power-holders' Perspectives on Authority and Legitimacy. In J. Tankebe and A. Liebling (eds.) Legitimacy and Criminal Justice: An International Exploration. Oxford: Oxford University Press
  3. Tankebe, J. and Liebling (2013) Legitimacy and Criminal Justice: An Introduction. In J. Tankebe and A. Liebling (eds.) Legitimacy and Criminal Justice: An International Exploration. Oxford: Oxford University Press
  4. Tankebe, J. (2010) Legitimation and Resistance: Police Reform in the (un)making. In L. K. Cheliotis (ed.) Roots, Rites and Sites of Resistance: The Banality of Good. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan (pp.197 - 245)

Journal Articles

  1. Reisig, M. D., Tankebe, J. and Meško, G. (2013) Compliance with the Law in Slovenia: The Role of Procedural Justice and Police Legitimacy. European Journal on Criminal Policy and Research [10.1007/s10610-013-9211-9]
  2. Tankebe, J. (2013) The Making of Democracy's Champions: Police Support for Democracy in Ghana. Special Issue of Criminology & Criminal Justice doi:10.1177/1748895812469380
  3. Tankebe, J. (2013) In Search of Moral Recognition? Policing and Eudaemonic Legitimation in Ghana. Special Issue of Law & Social Inquiry 38(3): 576 - 597
  4. Tankebe, J. (2013) Viewing Things Differently: Examining the Dimensions of Public Perceptions of Police Legitimacy. Criminology 51(1): 103-135
  5. Bottoms, A. and Tankebe, J. (2012) Beyond Procedural Justice: A Dialogic Approach to Legitimacy in Criminal Justice. Journal of Criminal Law & Criminology 102: 119-170
  6. Reisig, M. D., Tankebe, J. and Meško, G. (2012) Procedural Justice, Police Legitimacy, and Public Cooperation with the Police among Young Slovene Adults. Journal of Criminology and Security 14(2): 147-164
  7. Tankebe, J. (2011) Explaining Police Support for Use of Force and Vigilante Violence in Ghana. Policing & Society: An International Journal of Research and Policy 21(2): 129-149
  8. Tankebe, J. (2010) Public Confidence in the Police: Testing the Effects of Experience of Police Corruption in Ghana. British Journal of Criminology 50 (2): 296-319
  9. Tankebe, J. (2009) Public Cooperation with the Police in Ghana: Does Procedural Fairness Matter? Criminology: An International Journal 47(4): 1265-1293
  10. Tankebe, J. (2009) Self-Help, Policing and Procedural Justice: Vigilantism and the Rule of Law in Ghana. Law and Society Review 43(2): 245-269

Dictionary/Encyclopaedia Entries

  1. Tankebe, J. (2013) Police Self-Legitimacy. In G. Bruinsma and D. Weisburd (eds.) Encyclopaedia of Criminology and Criminal Justice. New York, NY: Springer-Verlag
  2. Tankebe, J. (2013) The Police in the Police State. In G. Bruinsma and D. Weisburd (eds.) Encyclopaedia of Criminology and Criminal Justice. New York, NY: Springer-Verlag
  3. Tankebe, J. and Gelsthorpe, L. (2007) Legitimacy. In R. Canton and D. Hancock (eds.) Dictionary of Probation and Offender Management. Cullompton, Devon: Willan Publishing

Book Reviews

  1. Tackling Prison Overcrowding by M. Hough, R. Allen & E. Solomon, Howard Journal of Criminal Justice49(5): 552 - 553
  2. Policing Public Disorder: Theory and Practice by D. Waddington. Theoretical Criminology 13(4): 516 - 518 (2009)
  3. Democratic Policing in Transitional and Developing Countries by N. Pino and M. D. Wiatrowski (eds.).
  4. Howard Journal of Criminal Justice 47(2): 217-218 (2008)
  5. Theorising Surveillance by D. Lyon (ed.), Punishment and Society 10(1): 91-92 (2008)
  6. Inventing Fear of Crime by M. Lee. Howard Journal of Criminal Justice 47(5): 564-565 (2008)
  7. Global Surveillance and Policing by E. Zureik and M. B. Salter (eds.). British Journal of Criminology 47(4): 696-698 (2007)

Selected Presentations at Academic conferences

  1. Tankebe, J. and Kochel, T. R. (2012) A Grounded Approach to Developing a Police Legitimacy Scale. Presented at the American Society of Criminology conference. Chicago - US (Nov. 14 - 17)
  2. Kochel, T. R. and Tankebe, J. (2012) Legitimacy as a Neighbourhood Construct. Presented at the American Society of Criminology conference. Chicago - US (Nov. 14 - 17)
  3. Tankebe, J. (2012) Stop and Search, and Legitimacy. Presented at the International Conference on Evidence-Based Policing. University of Cambridge, U.K. (July 9 - 11)
  4. Tankebe, J. (2012) Re-Thinking the Dimensions of Public Perceptions of Legitimacy. Presented at Symposium on Trust, Cooperation and Criminal Justice. Law School, University of Leeds (3 July)
  5. Bottoms, A. and Tankebe, J. (2012) Operationalising Power-holder Legitimacy for Criminal Justice Managers. Presented at International Symposium on Legitimacy and Criminal Justice. Cambridge - U. K. (May 2 - 4)
  6. Tankebe, J. (2012) Legitimacy and Cooperation with Legal Authorities. Presented Symposium Jointly Organised by the Home Office, Ministry of Justice, British Society of Criminology & British Academy, London - U. K. (March 20)
  7. Tankebe, J. (2011) Power-holder Legitimacy: Theory and Evidence. Presented at the 4th International Conference on Evidence Based Policing. Cambridge - U. K. (July 5).
  8. Tankebe, J. (2010a) Police Self-Legitimacy: Theory and Evidence. Presented at the annual meetings of the American Society of Criminology. San Francisco - U.S.A (Nov. 16 - 20)
  9. Tankebe, J. (2010b) Sociological Theory and Police Research. Presented at the annual meetings of the American Society of Criminology. San Francisco - U.S.A (Nov. 16 - 20)
  10. Tankebe, J. (2010) Whose Legitimacy? Why Legitimacy? Presented at the annual meetings of the European Society, Liège -Belgium (September 8 - 11).
  11. Tankebe, J. (2010) Cinderella with Amnesia'? An Exploratory Study of Police Support for the Use of Force and Vigilante Violence. Presented at 'Policing and the Policed: An International Workshop', Institute of Commonwealth Studies, London - U.K: April 29th - 30th
  12. Tankebe, J. (2010) Theorising and Researching Police Legitimacy. Presented at the Leeds Centre for Criminology, University of Leeds, Leeds - U.K. (March 16)
  13. Tankebe, J. (2009) Consent and Legitimacy in Policing. Presented at the annual meetings of the American Society of Criminology, Philadelphia - U.S.A. (Nov. 4 - 7).
  14. Tankebe, J. (2009) Police Legitimacy and the Problem of Multiculturalism. Presented at the annual meetings of the European Society, Ljubljana - Slovenia (September 9 - 12).