2nd Edition

Cutting the Edge
Current Perspectives in Radical/Critical Criminology and Criminal Justice

Edited By

Jeffrey Ian Ross





ISBN 9781412807555
Published April 15, 2009 by Routledge
224 Pages

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Book Description

Understanding crime, criminals, and criminal justice from a radical/critical perspective is indispensable in today's academic, applied research, and policy sectors. Neglect of this approach leads to narrow-mindedness and the probability of repeating past mistakes or reinventing the wheel. Cutting the Edge by Jeffrey Ian Ross will encourage individuals and organizations, especially students and instructors, to innovatively identify ways of experimenting with new policy initiatives designed to improve not only criminal justice, but social and human justice as well.

Ross has significantly changed this volume to include six new chapters and three revised ones as well. The studies chosen demonstrate the difference between critical criminology and other approaches used to study and explain criminological phenomena. The authors do not approach the inequalities of the criminal justice system as phenomena that should be studied, but as wrongs that must be righted.

Cutting-edge critical criminology combines concerns about fairness in punishment, tools of class analysis and the insights of feminism, postmodernism, and ethnography. The authors included here wield these newer tools with elegance and enthusiasm. Written with passion by experts in the field, the book engages the mind as fully as it engages the emotions.

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Biography

Jeffrey Ian Ross is associate professor in the division of criminology, criminal justice, and social policy and a Fellow of the Center for International and Comparative Law at the University of Baltimore. He is the author, co-author, editor and co-editor of twelve books, the most recent being Special Problems in Corrections.

Reviews

Even for those who appreciated the first edition of the book, this new effort is worth looking at because it captures critical criminology's emerging focus on not just witnessing the effects of race, crime, and gender on justice, but also advocates a progressive agenda for change...The articles are uniformly well-written, interesting, and challenging...Cutting the Edge: Current Perspectives in Radical/Critical Criminology and Criminal Justice make a substantial contribution toward the development of a criminology that has the potential to change individual lives and social institutions.- -John Randolph Fuller, Critical Sociology "Even for those who appreciated the first edition of the book, this new effort is worth looking at because it captures critical criminology's emerging focus on not just witnessing the effects of race, crime, and gender on justice, but also advocates a progressive agenda for change...The articles are uniformly well-written, interesting, and challenging...Cutting the Edge: Current Perspectives in Radical/Critical Criminology and Criminal Justice make a substantial contribution toward the development of a criminology that has the potential to change individual lives and social institutions." -John Randolph Fuller, Critical Sociology "Even for those who appreciated the first edition of the book, this new effort is worth looking at because it captures critical criminology's emerging focus on not just witnessing the effects of race, crime, and gender on justice, but also advocates a progressive agenda for change...The articles are uniformly well-written, interesting, and challenging...Cutting the Edge: Current Perspectives in Radical/Critical Criminology and Criminal Justice make a substantial contribution toward the development of a criminology that has the potential to change individual lives and social institutions." -John Randolph Fuller, Critical Sociology "Even for those who appreciated the first edition of the book, this new effort is worth looking at because it captures critical criminology's emerging focus on not just witnessing the effects of race, crime, and gender on justice, but also advocates a progressive agenda for change...The articles are uniformly well-written, interesting, and challenging...Cutting the Edge: Current Perspectives in Radical/Critical Criminology and Criminal Justice make a substantial contribution toward the development of a criminology that has the potential to change individual lives and social institutions."-John Randolph Fuller, Critical Sociology