Tackling whiteness as a decolonising task in contemporary criminology

Earle, Rod (2023). Tackling whiteness as a decolonising task in contemporary criminology. In: Cunneen, Chris; Deckert, Antje; Porter, Amanda; Tauri, Juan and Webb, Robert eds. The Routledge International Handbook on Decolonizing Justice. Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge, pp. 516–527.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.4324/9781003176619-52


In the 21st century criminology has become a vigorous and dynamic discipline attracting growing numbers of students and developing new research programmes. In this chapter I will explore how aspects of whiteness in criminology can be identified and made more open to challenge. Focussing on criminology in England I recognise the global reach, scale and variations of whiteness and the need to attend to historically generated specifics at the local level. I argue that making whiteness better understood and more visible in criminology increases the prospects of decolonising justice, confronting its racisms and promoting more egalitarian convivial futures.

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