1st Edition

W.E.B. Du Bois on Crime and Justice
Laying the Foundations of Sociological Criminology

ISBN 9781138264656
Published February 26, 2017 by Routledge
150 Pages

USD $62.95

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Book Description

This is the first book to discern the contribution of Du Bois' work to criminology and criminal justice through a comprehensive review of his papers, articles and books. Beginning with reflections from his childhood, the author traces Du Bois' ideas on crime and justice throughout his life. This includes a unique analysis of Du Bois' experience as an object of the criminal justice system, a review of his FBI file, his 1951 trial and his pioneering social scientific research program at Atlanta University. The book illustrates the depth of Du Bois' interest in the field and reveals how he was a pioneer in key areas of criminology and criminal justice. The book contains five appendices which include four original papers written by Du Bois as well as maps from The Philadelphia Negro.

Table of Contents

Contents: Foreword; Series Editor's preface; Preface; Biographical sketch of W.E.B. Du Bois; Early statements on crime and justice; The Atlanta school of social scientific research; Later statements on crime and justice; W.E.B. Du Bois and the criminal justice system; Du Bois's place in American criminology; W.E.B. Du Bois on crime and justice: a modern-day application; Conclusion; Bibliography; Appendices; Index.

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Shaun L. Gabbidon is an Associate Professor of Criminal Justice in the School of Public Affairs, Pennsylvania State University, Harrisburg, USA. He has published widely and authored and edited several books related to race, ethnicity, crime and justice.


’This book provides an intelligent, engaging and unique evaluation of a pioneering scholar. By emphasising the significance of Du Bois’ work to contemporary criminology, Dr Gabbidon has ensured that his text is of considerable value to scholars not only in the USA but on a global level.’ Muzammil Quraishi, University of Salford, UK 'Part of Ashgate’s Interdisciplinary Research Series in Ethnic, Gender, and Class Relations, Shaun Gabbidon’s book on W. E. B. Du Bois and crime provides an original and innovative window into this little known area of Du Bois’s research and thought. Though a few other social scientists have briefly explored Du Bois’s criminological work, this is the first major overview book...Gabbidon provides much evidence, drawing on original sources, to back up his contention that Du Bois did important research on and theorizing about U.S. crime, especially as it affected Black Americans. He shows how in many ways Du Bois anticipated later theories of crime in Western criminology.' Criminal Law & Social Change