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 third edition of this textbook is now available. Class, Race, Gender, and Crime: The Social Realities of Justice in America is a systematic examination of the impact of class, race and gender on criminological theory and the administration of criminal justice. These topics represent the main sites of inequality, power, and privilege in the U.S., which define society's understanding, consciously or unconsciously, of who is a criminal and how society should deal with them. The text is ordered around short, lucid introductions to the key concepts of class, race/ethnicity, gender and their intersections. Subsequent chapters use these concepts as subheadings to structure topics related to criminology, victimization and each phase of the administration of criminal justice: practices of law making, law enforcement, adjudication, sentencing, and punishment. Significantly, the authors provide a history to contextualize contemporary data and policy debates, which they observe through the lens of social justice. The book concludes with a review of the evolution of justice in America, along with an evaluation of alternative crime reduction policies, intended to further realize the goals and aspirations of 'liberty, justice, and equality for all.'
 

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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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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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