Jane Anderson

Dr, DipTh UNDA, Grad Dip Sp Dir ACAS, BA Curtin, BA Hons, PhD

  • The University of Western Australia (M257), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth

    Australia

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Personal profile

Biography

Jane Anderson is a social anthropologist and Honorary Research Fellow at University of Western Australia. Her research has focused on key issues in the Roman Catholic Church. In recent years, her attention turned to restorative justice and its practice in the criminal justice system. She has also written on the human condition of those impacted by methamphetamine and other drugs.
Her 2004 doctoral thesis investigated celibacy and sexual intimacy in the Roman Catholic priesthood. Subsequently she explored the related issues of gender and sexuality, parish conflict and clergy sex offending. In 2010 she was awarded a postdoctoral research fellowship to examine the relationship between State and Church through the lens of a progressive religious movement in the Roman Catholic Church.

Her studies have prompted her current interest on how restorative justice can contribute to the criminal justice system. She is now a scholar-facilitator of an inprison restorative justice program, the Sycamore Tree Project. Likewise, with the support and input of an Aboriginal community, she has produced a culturally responsive restorative justice process named Journey Ways. She has also written about the human condition of individuals impacted by illicit drugs.

Roles and responsibilities

Jane has considerable expertise in the fields of Roman Catholicism and its various conflicts, progressive religion, the relationship between Church and State, and clergy sex offenders.

As a scholar/practitioner of restorative justice processes in the context of the prison, she is also developing expertise in this field.

Jane is a qualified Spiritual Director. This 'expertise' contributes to her capacity to maintain links with progressive religion, the latter which has significance for inprison restorative justice processes.

Jane is strongly committed to contributing to the wellbeing of local communities. Apart from her voluntary prison work, she is also Chair of Doors Wide Open, a community support service for individuals and family members impacted by methamphetamine and other drugs.

Future research

Jane recognises that the potential for investigating and developing research around restorative justice and its practices is immense. She has launched the development and delivery of RJ processes for specific categorical groups. These endeavours will require substantial ongoing enquiry.

Funding overview

She is currently self-funded, but would welcome funding support for her studies and practice of restorative justice.

Previous positions

Jane was a farmer for 11 years. While completing her studies, she took up the position of Director of Catholic Missions.
Jane has long - decades! - been an active member of various community organisations.

Current projects

Jane has recently submitted the following article: "Considering the Human Condition fo the Problematic Drug User and the Implications for Attending Their Needs."

Jane is currently working on the following articles:
1) Supply and Selection of Crime Survivor Participants for Inprison Restorative Justice Programming.

2) An Investigation of Values-Oriented Processes for Prisoners

Industrial relevance

Jane is creating linkages with key leaders to introduce the potential of restorative justice practices for the criminal justice system. To assist with this goal, she has made submissions to the Select Committe into Alternative Approaches to Reducing Illicit Drug Use and Its Effects on the Community. Additionally, in preparation: Submissions to the Inquiry into the Economic Impacts of Mental Ill Health
Jane regularly addresses community organisations on the topics of Restorative Justice, and the "Forgotten" Children of Prisoners.

Research

Jane has published extensively on significant issues in the Roman Catholic Church. Most notably, Priests in Love: Roman Catholic Clergy and Their Intimate Relationships (Continuum, 2005); Souled Out: Power and Protest in the Catholic Church (2012); Innovative Catholicism and the Human Condition (2016). Jane recognises these works as commentaries on the contemporary social situation, which, further, inform her current studies writings on restorative justice.

Biography

Biography

Jane has a track record of linking her scholarly work with her community work. This has been acknowledged in her being a nominee for the Bunbury Australia Day Citizen of the Year (2019). The community support service (Doors Wide Open), which she Chairs, was a joint winner of the Bunbury Australia Day Community Group of the Year (2019).

External positions

Chairperson, Doors Wide Open, Inc.

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Keywords

  • Religion
  • Catholicism
  • Sexuality and gender
  • restorative justice
  • Prison education
  • problematic drug use

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Clergy Medicine & Life Sciences
prisoner Social Sciences
Sexual Child Abuse Medicine & Life Sciences
justice Social Sciences
correctional institution Social Sciences
Socialization Medicine & Life Sciences
assistant Social Sciences
offense Social Sciences

Projects 2010 2018

Research Output 2005 2018

prisoner
assistant
justice
correctional institution
worker
correctional institution
justice
prisoner
offense
faith

Innovative Catholicism and the Human Condition

Anderson, J. E., 2016, New York: Routledge. 197 p. (Routledge Studies in Religion)

Research output: Book/ReportBook

Socialization Processes and Clergy Offenders

Anderson, J., 16 Nov 2016, In : Journal of Child Sexual Abuse. 25, 8, p. 846-865 20 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Clergy
Socialization
Sexual Child Abuse
Masculinity
Violence
Clergy
Sexual Child Abuse
Ceremonial Behavior
Social Justice
Rehabilitation