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Race, Crime and Resistance offers a thought-provoking account of the problematic construction of crimes as racialized. Critical, empirically grounded and theoretically informed, it unpicks the persistence of concepts of race and ethnicity in perceptions and representations of crime.
In a post-Macpherson, post-9/11 context, criminal justice agencies are having to adapt their responses to criminal behavior across diverse ethnic groups. This book draws on contemporary theory and a range of case studies to consider racial inequalities within the criminal justice system and related organizations. It explores the mechanisms of discrimination and exclusion, and the ensuing processes of mobilization and resistance.
Articulate and sensitive in its approach, the book offers a vital insight into the pressing topic of race, crime and criminality. It clarifies complex ideas through the use ...
Chapter 6: Proportionate Punishment?
In Chapter 3 we emphasised biopolitical questions to effect a shift beyond decontextualised analyses of hate as exceptionalised racism towards an understanding of how racism's apparently exceptional incidents — racist attacks, for instance — are better understood as being central to the regulation of racial boundaries that organise society. In other words, what might appear to be the exceptions of racism are actually bound up with the government of subjects. We now expand our analysis by considering punishment. We suggest that it can be more helpful to think of punishment regimes in terms of the condensation of racialised power than simply getting caught in a positivist trap of measuring disproportionality at the expense of understanding power. We also hope to signpost some ...