Radical Criminology 6

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The Critical Criminology Working Group is an association of activist scholars in (or around) the Criminology Department at Kwantlen Polytechnic University in Surrey, BC (on unceded Coast Salish Territories).

Working Group members bring an engaged critical perspective to bear on institutions and practices of criminal justice, situating the state as a central institution in the maintenance and extension of capitalist relations of exploitation and oppression. Criminal justice systems in liberal democracies fundamentally uphold gross injustice in society. Working Group members offer anti-statist and anti-capitalist analyses of criminal justice (and criminology) and seek alternative social practices beyond, and in opposition to, states and capital.

Radical Criminology 6

Insurgent Criminology in a Period of Open Social War

Authored by Critical Criminology Working Group
Designed by PJ Lilley
Edited by Jeff Shantz

Radical Criminology, edited by Jeff Shantz [Kwantlen Polytechnic University, Vancouver, British Columbia], is dedicated to bridging the gap between the academy and the global activist community, especially with regard to state violence, state-corporate crime, the growth of surveillance regimes, and the prison-industrial complex. More pointedly, the journal aims to be not simply a project of critique, but is also geared toward a praxis of struggle, insurgence, and practical resistance.

Issue 6 (Autumn 2016) is a special issue on "Insurgent Criminology in a Period of Open Social War" edited by Jeff Shantz. The struggles of the present period are stripping the cover off of policing as military institutions for social war waged against the working class-especially the racialized and poorest sectors-in defense of statist management, capitalist ownership, and wealth accumulation. The police are increasingly revealed as agents of pacification and regulation (as they have always been) rather than of public safety or security. Yet, there is an insurgent criminology-lively, engaged, informed, vital, analytical, honest, brave-emerging not in the halls of the academy nor in the sessions of academic conferences but rather in the streets and neighborhoods of those who are targeted by the state for ongoing punishment, repression, and violence. That insurgency is bringing with it important critiques of criminal justice as well as the beginnings of compelling challenges and alternatives, moving through and beyond reformist demands. One of the most important and promising developments has been the posing and pondering of alternatives to policing and the raising of abolitionist perspectives, responses, and projects. These are the voices academic criminology must hear and must heed. And the movements they must support as active allies, even more as accomplices and public defenders.


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Publication Date:
0998237523 / 9780998237527
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Binding Type:
US Trade Paper
Trim Size:
5.5" x 8.5"
Black and White
Related Categories:
Social Science / Criminology

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