Class, Race, Gender, and Crime: The Social Realities of Justice in America

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Rowman & Littlefield, 2007 - Social Science - 327 pages
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A decade after its first publication, Class, Race, Gender, and Crime remains the only non-edited book to systematically address the impact of class, race, and gender on criminological theory and all phases of the administration of criminal justice, including its workers. These topics represent the main sites of inequality, power and privilege in the U.S., which consciously or unconsciously shape people's understandings of who is a criminal and how society should deal with them. The third edition has been thoroughly updated and revised. Maintaining the accessible, high-interest narrative from previous editions, it incorporates current data, recent theoretical developments, and new examples ranging from Bernie Madoff and the recent financial crisis to the increasing impact of globalization, in addition to classic examples. This edition also features a revised structure to better tailor the book for use in the classroom. Part I now provides an introduction to criminology and criminal justice. Part II introduces foundational information on the key concepts of class and economic privilege, race/ethnicity and white privilege, gender and male privilege, and the intersections of these privileges. And Part III examines victimization, criminal law, criminal prosecution, and punishment, looking at each through the lenses of class, race, and gender.
 

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Contents

Understanding Class Wealth Inequality and Corporate Power
23
Understanding Race Social Constructions and White Privilege
42
Understanding Gender Male Privilege and the 51 Percent Minority
61
Class Race and Gender Intersections and Integrations
80
Criminology and Criminal Justice The Interdiscipline
94
Law Making Criminal Law and the Administration of Justice Constructing Criminals
121
Victimology and Victimization Patterns of Crime and Harm
145
Law Enforcement and Criminal Adjudication Constructing Criminals
175
Punishment Sentencing and Imprisonment With Liberty for Some
201
Workers and the Enterprise of Criminal Justice Careers and a Changing World
226
Crime Justice and Policy
259
References
289
Index
317
About the Authors
327
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About the author (2007)

Gregg Barak is professor of criminology and criminal justice at Eastern Michigan University and distinguished visiting professor and scholar, College of Justice and Safety at Eastern Kentucky University.
Jeanne Flavin is associate professor in the department of sociology and anthropology at Fordham University in the Bronx.
Paul Leighton is associate professor of criminology and criminal justice at Eastern Michigan University.

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