Critical Criminology in Canada
New Voices, New DirectionsBook - 2011
This book presents the work of a new generation of critical criminologists who explore the geographical, institutional, and political contexts of the discipline in Canada. Breaking away from mainstream criminology and law-and-order discourses, the authors offer a spectrum of theoretical approaches to criminal justice - from governmentality to feminist criminology, from critical realism to anarchism - and they propose novel approaches to topics ranging from genocide to white-collar crime. By posing crucial questions and attempting to define what criminology should be, this book will shape debates about crime, policing, and punishment for years to come.
"Critical criminology"--as opposed to managerialist criminology--is defined as concerned with power relations that lead to social injustice, and putting theory into practice. In introducing 11 chapters by a postmodern generation of Canadian criminologists, Doyle (sociology and anthropology, Carleton U.) and Moore (law, Carleton U.) note the challenges posed by the new conservative government's aggressive law-and-order agenda. Disdaining American criminology's close ties to the criminal justice system and emphasis on methodology, contributors present diverse perspectives on situating the field in the context of Canadian identity and penal culture. Issues they treat include the future of the discipline, corporate crime, genocide, and the contributions of feminist criminology. Distributed by UTP Distribution. Annotation ©2011 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)