208 Pages 5 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    208 Pages 5 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Abolish Criminology presents critical scholarship on criminology and criminal justice ideologies and practices, alongside emerging freedom-driven visions and practices for 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 and classroom practices are often overlooked or unknown outside academic spaces. This causes the impact of criminology's racializing-gendering-sexualizing histories to extend and grow through criminology’s creation of crime as a very limiting way of thinking about violence and what can be done about it. These limitations allow the concept of crime to be weaponized and enforced through the criminal legal system. Abolish Criminology offers an accessible, critical study of criminology in written, visual, and poetic forms, and through the perspectives of university students, professors, imprisoned and formerly imprisoned scholars, poets, and visual artists. This allows readers to engage in multi-sensory, inter-disciplinary, and multi-perspective teachings on criminology’s often discussed but seldom interrogated mythologies on violence and danger, while bringing to light the wide-reaching enforcements of violence through criminology'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 in the general public who are grappling with increased critical public discourse on policing and criminal legal reform or abolition.

    Criminology: Violent Ideologies and Ripple Effects Across Place and Time
    1 A Call for Wild Seed Justice
    Viviane Saleh-Hanna

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

    3 The History of Criminology Is a History of White Supremacy
    Viviane Saleh-Hanna

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

    Criminology: Systemic Violence Against Lands, Minds, and Bodies
    5 The White Racialized Center of Criminology
    Holly Sims-Bruno

    6 Evolving Standards
    Derrick Washington

    7 Trans Black Women Deserve Better: Expanding Queer Criminology to Unpack Trans Misogynoir in the Field of Criminology
    Toniqua Mikell

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

    Interrogating Criminology and Locating Abolition in Areas We Are Trained to Overlook
    9 Biology and Criminology Entangled: Education as a Meeting Point
    Charlemya Erasme

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

    11 Marxist Criminology Abolishes Lombroso, Marxist Criminology Abolishes Itself
    Erin Katherine Krafft

    12 Abolition Now: Counter-Images and Visual Criminology
    Michelle Brown

    13 Civil Lies
    Tatiana Lopes DosSanto


    Viviane Saleh-Hanna is Full Professor of Crime and Justice Studies and Director of Black Studies at the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth. Her scholarship centers wholistic justice, abolition, anti-colonialism, Black feminist hauntology, structurally abusive relationships, and freedom dreams inspired by Octavia E. Butler, Toni Morrison, and new world formations of Afrofuturism.

    Jason M. Williams is 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; a nationally recognized and quoted qualitative criminologist with publications on re-entry, policing, and social control; and is 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.