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Abolish Criminology

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ISBN 9780367521332
April 28, 2023 Forthcoming by Routledge
224 Pages 5 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Abolish Criminology presents critical scholarship on Criminology and Criminal Justice ideologies and practices, alongside emerging freedom-driven discourses that encourage a vision and practice of new world formations. 

The book introduces readers to a detailed history and analysis of crime as a concept and its colonizing trajectories into existence and enforcement. These significant contexts buried within peculiar academic histories are often overlooked or unknown in academic and public discussions, and representations of crime and the criminal legal system. The book offers written, visual, and poetic teachings through which readers, students, and educators can engage with the often discussed but seldom understood concept of crime and its enforcement through the criminal legal system’s research, theories, agencies and dominant cultures.

Abolish Criminology serves the needs of undergraduate and graduate students and educators in the social sciences, arts, and humanities. It will also appeal to scholars, researchers, policy makers, activists, community organizers, social movement builders, and various reading groups comprised of the general public grappling with the increased critical public discourse on policing and criminal legal reform or abolition.

Table of Contents

Abolish Criminology: An Introduction

Viviane Saleh-Hanna, Jason M. Williams and Michael J. Coyle

Criminology: Violent Ideologies and Ripple Effects across Place and Time

  1. A Call for Wild Seed Justice
  2. Viviane Saleh-Hanna

  3. Unwanted: Epistemic Erasure of Black Radical Possibility in Criminology
  4. Jason M. Williams

  5. The History of Criminology is a History of White Supremacy
  6. Viviane Saleh-Hanna

  7. The History of Criminal Justice as the Academic Arm of State Violence
  8. Brian Pitman, Stephen T. Young and Ryan Phillips

    Criminology: Systemic Violence Against Lands, Minds, and Bodies

  9. The White Racialized Center of Criminology
  10. Holly Sims-Bruno

  11. Evolving Standards
  12. Derrick Washington

  13. Trans Black Women Deserve Better: Expanding Queer Criminology to Unpack Trans Misogynoir in the field of Criminology
  14. Toniqua Mikell

  15. American Indians, Settler-State Racism, and Complicit Criminology
  16. Brian T. Broadrose

  17. Barrio Criminology: Chicanx and Latinx Prison Abolition
  18. Xuan Santos, Oscar F. Soto, Martin J. Leyva and Christopher Bickel

    Interrogating Criminology and Locating Abolition in Areas we are Trained to Overlook

  19. Science and Biology Entangled: Education as a Meeting Point
  20. Charlemya Erasme

  21. Abolish the Courthouse: Uncovering the Space of "Justice" in a Black Feminist Criminal Trial
  22. Vanessa Lynn Lovelace

  23. Marxist Criminology Abolishes Lombroso, Marxist Criminology Abolishes Itself
  24. Erin Katherine Krafft

  25. Abolition Now: Counter-Images and Visual Criminology
  26. Michelle Brown

  27. Civil Lies

Tatiana Lopes DosSantos

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Viviane Saleh-Hanna is Professor of Crime and Justice Studies and Black Studies at the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth. Her scholarship anchors Black feminist hauntology, abolition, anti-colonialism, wholistic justice, structurally abusive relationships, and freedom dreams inspired by Octavia Butler, Toni Morrison and growing scholarships and writings on Afrofuturism.

Jason M. Williams is an Associate Professor of Justice Studies at Montclair State University. He’s an activist scholar specializing in racial and gender disparity, and mistreatment within the criminal legal system. He’s a nationally recognized and quoted qualitative criminologist with publications on re-entry, policing, and social control, and engaged in community-grounded research.

Michael J. Coyle is Professor in the Department of Political Science and ‘Criminal’ Justice, California State University, Chico. He is the author of Talking Criminal Justice: Language and the Just Society (Routledge 2013) and the forthcoming Seeing Crime: Penal Abolition as the End of Utopian Criminal Justice.