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 of chapter summaries, further reading and study questions. It is essential reading for students and scholars of criminology, race and ethnicity, and sociology.
- Chapter 1: Introduction: Constructing the Race-Crime Problem
- Racialised others and the Roots of a Racist Rationale
- The Problem with Racialised Constructions of Crime
- Racial Profiling in a Post-Macpherson Era
- Discourse, Method, Race, Crime and Resistance
- Book Structure and Content
- Chapter 2: Crime Science?
- The Presentation of Black Criminality
- Science, Genetics and Racial Profiling
- Questioning ‘Race Talk’
- Chapter 3: The Politics of Hate
- Contextualising the Politics of Hate
- I Hate You So Much Right Now: Affect and Hate
- From the Centre to the Margins … and Back Again
- Chapter 4: Policing Racism or Policing Race?
- Strained Relations and Macpherson
- Black People within Police Environments: Custody and Career
- Learning Lessons from Macpherson?
- Chapter 5: Courtin’ Justice
- Racial Bias and the Tipping of Portia's Scales
- Fair Courtroom Personnel, Fair Courtroom Justice?
- Beyond the Docks
- Chapter 6: Proportionate Punishment?
- Situating Disciplinary Racism
- Reproducing Racial Boundaries
- Control Racism and Punishment
- Sovereignty and Asylum Detention
- Chapter 7: Victims’ Rights and the Challenge of Discrimination
- Resistance and Collective Mobilisation
- Rethinking Political Identities
- Unsettling Traditional Modes of Politics
- Chapter 8: Forms of Resistance
- Contextualising Race and Resistance
- Discourse, Racism, Essentialism and Anti-Essentialism
- Muslim Resistance: From Rushdie to the Danish Cartoon Protests
- Chapter 9: Researching the Agenda
- Generating Knowledge on Race and Crime
- Barriers in Researching Race Matters
- Presenting Accurate and Meaningful Data
- Chapter 10: Conclusion: Re-Constructing Race and Crime
- Reconsidering ‘Scientific’ Racism
- The Question of Races
- Racialised Governmentality and the Legacy of Institutional Racism