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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 9: Researching the Agenda
Researching the Agenda
Doing criminological research into race and crime matters has always been problematic. This is especially so when researching criminal justice institutions. Here, there are a series of key methodological concerns bound up in political ties. These are related to issues of access, truth, power and control. The existence of corruption, abuse and violence are just a few of the problems that are commonly associated with the dark side of the law. How, then, do such institutions respond to the requests of criminologists, especially critical criminologists,1 to undertake research within that institution, especially when that research ‘challenges official discourses and the power, authority and legitimacy of state institutions’ (Scraton and Chadwick 2001: 73). Furthermore, what is to be done when the ...