2nd Edition

Race, Ethnicity, Crime, and Justice An International Dilemma

By Akwasi Owusu-Bempah, Shaun Gabbidon Copyright 2021
    208 Pages
    by Routledge

    208 Pages
    by Routledge

    Race, Ethnicity, Crime, and Justice: An International Dilemma, Second Edition, takes a unique comparative approach to the exploration of race- and ethnicity-related justice issues in five countries around the world.

    Using the colonial model as a theoretical lens, Owusu-Bempah and Gabbidon analyse data from Great Britain, the United States, Canada, Australia, and South Africa. These international case studies help students contextualize race and justice issues within and across nations. Concise historical framing illuminates today’s racial dynamics in these diverse justice systems, and accessible theory grounds the comparison of crime and justice data from the early 21st century with current statistics. A new concluding chapter revisits the question of where these nations fit in the global context of state and non-state actors and of ethnic and racial justice issues.

    This new edition is suitable for use as a core or supplemental text for advanced undergraduates and early graduate courses on race and crime, minorities and criminal justice, diversity in criminal justice, and comparative justice systems. It is also appropriate for use in sociology and ethnic studies courses that focus on race and crime.


    Chapter 1: Introduction

    Chapter 2: Great Britain

    Chapter 3: United States

    Chapter 4: Canada

    Chapter 5: Australia

    Chapter 6: South Africa

    Chapter 7: Conclusion



    Akwasi Owusu-Bempah is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of Toronto and Senior Fellow at Massey College. He is a graduate of the PhD program in Criminology and Sociolegal Studies at the University of Toronto. Dr. Owusu-Bempah began his academic career in the United States at Indiana University Bloomington where he was a faculty member in the Department of Criminal Justice and cross-appointed to the Department of African American and African Diaspora Studies. His research examines the intersections of race, crime, and criminal justice, with a particular focus in the area of policing. He is currently studying various aspects of drug legalization and the equity issues that stem from these policy shifts. Prior to becoming a professor, Dr. Owusu-Bempah held positions with Canada’s National Judicial Institute, the Public Health Agency of Canada, and the Ontario Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services. He is frequently sought out to provide commentary and advice to police agencies, government bodies, community organizations, and media outlets on matters relating to policing, justice, and social inequality.

    Shaun L. Gabbidon is Distinguished Professor of Criminal Justice at Penn State Harrisburg. He is a graduate of the PhD Program in Criminology at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. He has served as a fellow at Harvard University’s W. E. B. Du Bois Institute for Afro-American Research and has taught at the Center for Africana Studies at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Gabbidon was recently named a Fellow of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences. The author of more than 100 scholarly publications including 13 books and more than 70 peer-reviewed articles, his most recent books include Race and Crime (5th ed.) (with Helen Taylor Greene, 2019; SAGE); Building a Black Criminology: Race, Theory, and Crime (co-edited with James D. Unnever and Cecilia Chouhy, 2019; Routledge); Criminological Perspectives on Race and Crime (4th ed.) (2020; Routledge); and Shopping While Black: Consumer Racial Profiling in America (with George E. Higgins, 2020; Routledge). He currently serves as the editor of the Journal of Criminal Justice Education. In recent years, he has served as an expert witness in consumer racial profiling cases and as an anti-racial profiling consultant. Dr. Gabbidon can be reached at [email protected].