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Pan-African Issues in Crime and Justice

ISBN 9781138205277
Published May 16, 2017 by Routledge
276 Pages

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Book Description

Criminology assumes the position of an established discipline, yet its influence is limited by its primary focus on the West for both theoretical and empirical substance. But the growing interest in comparative criminology now means that countries compare notes, thereby broadening the parameters of criminology. Still relatively ignored in the literature, however, are issues of crime and justice as they affect people of African descent around the globe. Drawing upon materials from countries in Africa, the Caribbean, North and South America, and Europe, this stimulating book reflects on the experiences of people of African descent to offer a convergence of criminologies in and outside the West. Simultaneously, it acknowledges Western criminology as a significant angle from which to comprehend crime and justice as they are conceptualized outside the West. The volume also investigates whether Western criminological accounts are relevant to the comprehension of crime, criminality and systems of justice in Africa, the Caribbean and South America.

Table of Contents

Contents: Introduction, Anita Kalunta-Crumpton and Biko Agozino; Criminology and orientalism, Anita Kalunta-Crumpton; Human rights, gender and traditional practices: the Trokosi system in West Africa, Robert Kwame Ameh; Crime, justice and social control in Egypt, Jon Alexander and Camy Pector; Crime, social change and social control in Namibia: an exploratory study of Namibian prisons, Annelie Odendaal; Criminal fraud and developing countries, Udo C. Osisiogu; Transnational crimes: the case of advanced fee fraud in Nigeria, Ihekwoaba D. Onwudiwe; Women faced with violence: a view on skin colour in Brazil, Alice Itani and Wagner Volpe; Working from the inside/out: drama as activism in Westville female prison, Miranda Young-Jahangeer; Women and (African) indigenous justice systems, Ogbonnaya Oko Elechi; Crossing the wrong boundaries: the dilemma of women's drug trade participation in Jamaica, Marlyn J. Jones; Gunboat criminology and the colonization of Africa, Emmanuel C. Onyeozili; Reparative justice: a Pan-African criminology primer, Biko Agozino; Index.

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Dr Anita Kalunta-Crumpton works at the School of Business and Social Sciences, University of Surrey, Roehampton, UK and Dr Biko Agozino works at the Graduate School in Humanities, University of Cape Town, South Africa.


’Pan-African Issues in Crime and Justice is a powerful and, in every sense, radical contribution to the criminological literature. It tackles neglected crime problems, unearths injustice, develops progressive lines of inquiry and offers radical proposals for the future. This collection is essential reading for students, academics and activists concerned with criminal justice in Africa and for communities of the diaspora.’ Professor Ben Bowling, King's College London, UK and University of the West Indies, Barbados ’...[a] timely collection of essays about the criminological crisis facing people of African descent...Pan-African Issues in Crime and Justice deserves a wide readership.’ Criminal Justice