This collection of original essays is an innovative, effective way to teach crime theory to undergraduates. Each essay brings an important crime theory to life by applying that theory to a current crime event or topic of interest to students. An original introductory essay by Don Gibbons explains the origins of these different explanations for criminal behavior, and how they are similar to and different from one another.

Racial Hoaxes: Applied Critical Race Theory

Racial Hoaxes: Applied Critical Race Theory

Racial hoaxes: Applied critical race theory

In criminology, as in other disciplines, there is a cluster of theories and perspectives that hold center court. These approaches comprise the core of mainstream criminology. Ideally, these well-known and entrenched analyses would ask, answer, and anticipate all of the important socio-legal questions. The existence of alternative analyses, however, indicates that there are gaps and weaknesses in mainstream approaches. During recent years, critical race theory (CRT) has developed as an alternative approach to traditional legal analysis. CRT provides a framework for assessing whether the law promotes social justice. Its mandate is to identify the overt and covert ways in which race affects the identification, interpretation, and resolution of socio-legal problems.

CRT, the focus of ...

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