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Black criminology

Phillips, Coretta ORCID: 0000-0001-9796-7792 (2023) Black criminology. In: Cunneen, Chris, Deckert, Antje, Porter, Amanda, Tauri, Juan and Webb, Robert, (eds.) The Routledge International Handbook on Decolonizing Justice. Routledge International Handbooks. Routledge, Abingdon, UK, 448 - 458. ISBN 9781032009773

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In 1992, Katheryn Russell (1992) advocated the introduction of a subfield of Black Criminology within the discipline. This chapter outlines the main elements of the proposed subfield as well as more recent developments and then considers its value some 30 years on. In so doing, the chapter critiques the whiteness of criminological theory and the representation of whiteness in the academy. It sets out the importance of decolonizing ideas, particularly with regard to epistemological and methodological approaches to study black (and minority ethnic) experiences of crime and justice. It centres on historical and contemporary racism as an explanatory framework, uses black cultural forms to express lived experiences, and acknowledges the value of scholar-activism to challenge the mainstream criminological narrative about race and crime.

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Additional Information: © 2023 selection and editorial matter, the editors; individual chapters, the contributors
Divisions: Social Policy
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology
Date Deposited: 16 Aug 2023 12:45
Last Modified: 22 Jul 2024 06:21

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