Anti-racist criminology?

Earle, Rod (2017). Anti-racist criminology? In: Amatrudo, Anthony ed. Social Censure and Critical Criminology: After Sumner. Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 115–138.




In two of the dominant Western democracies, the USA and the UK, 2016 was heavily marked by racial politics. Few people would deny that race was a dominant feature of the 2016 US presidential election. A white challenger to a black incumbent was itself unprecedented, but the background was provided by the black Lives Matter campaign protesting at the fatal neglect of black communities in the US and the lethal violence of their policing. Donald Trump emerged triumphant on the back of what some commentators referred to as a ‘whitelash’. This chapter challenges criminology’s response to these circunstances and traces the way racism operates within the discipline. It argues for a renewal of anti-racism in criminological scholarship, and for new critical tools to be developed that can undo the work of race.

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