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Progressive Justice in an Age of Repression

Strategies for Challenging the Rise of the Right, 1st Edition

Edited by Walter S. DeKeseredy, Elliott Currie


234 pages

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Progressive Justice in an Age of Repression provides a much-needed engagement with questions of justice and reform within the current phase of global capitalism, one that is marked not only by significant social inequality, but also political bifurcation. It offers guidance on progressive strategies for resistance.

It also extends criminological analysis by situating these contemporary challenges as globalized and inextricably linked to questions of political economy, law, and society. Bringing together an international selection of scholars, this book draws on a range of issues, such as immigration, street crime and the renewed push for "law and order," violence against women, environmental injustice, assaults on health care and social services, and the unleashing of private corporate exploitation of natural resources. It is a clarion for strategic thinking, a call for action fuelled by informed analysis, and a reimagining of the progressive society that is under attack by Trumpism, populism, and a rising right.

This is an important read for those who teach and study criminology, deviance and social control, social problems, legal studies, political science, and policy studies. It is also a useful resource for practitioners, community-based activists, and policy makers seeking new ways of thinking critically about crime, law, and social control.


"This volume offers sober analysis of the deep socio-political roots triggering today’s repressive crime control policies. The contributors show the dangers of complacency and the urgent need for progressive resistance. Masterfully edited by Walter DeKeseredy and Elliott Currie, this book is essential reading for anyone seeking guidance on how to advance a more humane justice system within an era defined by the Trump presidency."

Francis T. Cullen, Distinguished Research Professor Emeritus, University of Cincinnati

"Reading this book provoked many thoughts about the enormity of the challenges posed across a whole spectrum of crime-related issues. However, it was also a reminder of the expertise and commitment to change that exists in the criminological community. A beacon of light in dark times."

Tony Jefferson, Professor Emeritus, Keele University

Table of Contents

Introduction: responding to repression

Walter S. DeKeseredy

1. By why this man?: challenging hegemonic masculinity in an age of repression

Walter S. DeKeseredy

2. Why the left must change: right-wing populism in context

Simon Winlow, Steve Hall and James Treadwell

3. Social change and drugs: rural America and the Rise of Donald Trump

Joseph F. Donnermeyer

4. Getting crime right: framing everyday violence in the age of Trump

Elliott Currie

5. The limits of police reform

Alex S. Vitale

6. What would a just justice system look like?

Sandra Walklate

7. Corporate criminality and resisting financial and securities frauds

Gregg Barak

8. Beyond the ricochets: unpacking the modern gun culture and its political stalemate

Peter Squires

9. Abortion politics and the persistence of patriarchy

Meda Chesney-Lind

10. Resisting ecocide: engaging in the politics of the future

Rob White

11. Youth for social justice in an age of youth expendability

Randy Myers and Tim Goddard

12. What’s wrong with American criminal justice reform?

Sonya Goshe

13. Continuity of American xenophobia under Trump and plausible alternatives

James Diego Vigil and Nativo Lopez Vigil

Epilogue: pitfalls and possibilities

Elliott Currie

About the Editors

Walter S. DeKeseredy is the Anna Deane Carlson Endowed Chair of Social Sciences, Director of the Research Center on Violence, and Professor of Sociology at West Virginia University, USA.

Elliott Currie is Professor of Criminology, Law and Society at the University of California, Irvine, USA.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Freedom & Security / Law Enforcement
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Public Policy / Social Policy
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Criminology