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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
- A Call for Wild Seed Justice
- Unwanted: Epistemic Erasure of Black Radical Possibility in Criminology
- The History of Criminology is a History of White Supremacy
- The History of Criminal Justice as the Academic Arm of State Violence
- The White Racialized Center of Criminology
- Evolving Standards
- Trans Black Women Deserve Better: Expanding Queer Criminology to Unpack Trans Misogynoir in the field of Criminology
- American Indians, Settler-State Racism, and Complicit Criminology
- Barrio Criminology: Chicanx and Latinx Prison Abolition
- Science and Biology Entangled: Education as a Meeting Point
- Abolish the Courthouse: Uncovering the Space of "Justice" in a Black Feminist Criminal Trial
- Marxist Criminology Abolishes Lombroso, Marxist Criminology Abolishes Itself
- Abolition Now: Counter-Images and Visual Criminology
- Civil Lies
Jason M. Williams
Brian Pitman, Stephen T. Young and Ryan Phillips
Criminology: Systemic Violence Against Lands, Minds, and Bodies
Brian T. Broadrose
Xuan Santos, Oscar F. Soto, Martin J. Leyva and Christopher Bickel
Interrogating Criminology and Locating Abolition in Areas we are Trained to Overlook
Vanessa Lynn Lovelace
Erin Katherine Krafft
Tatiana Lopes DosSantos
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.