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Critical Criminology is the official journal of the American Society of Criminology’s Division on Critical Criminology. 

PLEASE NOTE: Paul Leighton's term as editor has ended. The Journal remains active, but these pages will not be updated beyond what occurred during Paul's editorship. Please check the journal's official homepage at Springer (formerly Kluwer) for current information. 

The full text of all articles is available via Critical Criminology's official homepage at Springer (click on the volume/issue, then the article, and login or purchase access)

Critical Criminology, Existential Humanism, and Social Justice: Exploring the Contours of Conceptual Integration 

Bruce A. Arrigo

The relationship between critical criminology and social justice has been well documented, but efforts to provide a unified theory of social justice that cuts across and embodies the various strains of critical criminological thought has not been systematically researched. One useful approach for engaging in such a project comes from existential humanism, which draws our attention to a number of life themes (e.g., the struggle to be free, being and becoming, redemption) and is compatible with critical criminology’s commitment to radical social change. In this article, I provisionally explore the boundaries of theoretical synthesis, mindful of those complex (and thorny) issues upon which successful conceptual integration depends, including definitions, assumptions, domains of inquiry and modes of integration. I conclude by outlining the implications of my commentary for the future of critical criminology and for sustainable, meaningful praxis. [Access full text via SpringerLink]

Wither Criminal Justice? An Argument for a Reformed Discipline

Matthew B. Robinson

The American criminal justice system fails to achieve justice, reduce crime, and provide equal protection to Americans regardless of their social class, race, and gender. But, criminal justice as an academic area of study has become a popular and fast growing liberal arts majors in the United States, churning out tens of thousands to work in the criminal justice system. Given the demonstrable harms caused by criminal justice, which are suffered disproportionately by the least powerful people, academic criminologists and criminal justicians have the obligation to promote a reformed discipline. This paper briefly summarizes the evidence of bias in the criminal justice system and then turns to how these biases relate to criminal justice as an academic discipline. Using the war on drugs as an example, I argue that the practice of criminal justice as an academic endeavor runs counter to the goal of promoting social justice in America. One of the ironic conclusions of this paper is that criminal justice as an academic discipline must get smaller if we are to achieve larger goals of social justice outlined in this paper. [Access full text via SpringerLink]

The Discourse of Criminality: From Beccaria to Postmodernism—Why Does It Matter?

Jeffery T. Walker and John A. Boyeskie

The use of discourse in criminological thought and writing is touted as though it is a recent event; building off the work of postmodernism. In reality, however, the use of discourse in addressing criminological concepts goes back to the earliest works in criminology (although it was not referred to as discourse at that time). This article discusses the history of discourse in criminality, focusing specifically on Beccaria and Lombroso. Application for current use of discourse is suggested as a way of making postmodernist writing perhaps more useful to a wider audience. [Access full text via SpringerLink]

Empowering Victim Advocates: Organizing Against Anti-Gay/Lesbian Violence In Canada

C. E. Faulkner

In this paper I provide an account of an emancipatory community-based response to anti-gay/lesbian violence in Canada through outlining the model developed by The 519 Church Street Community Centre Anti-Violence Programme (AVP) (previously known as the Victim Assistance Programme) in downtown Toronto. The data for this paper was obtained through participant observation over a five year period from 1993-1997 when I was a volunteer with The 519 AVP’s Community Response to Bashing Committee (CRBC) in Toronto. It is the goal of this paper to document and critique the model developed at The 519 by focussing on advocacy, policing issues, education, and the production of knowledge about anti-gay/lesbian violence. While the Committee’s inclusionary agenda seems to be the most strategic approach to gaining equity in services in existing institutions, contradictions arise which suggest that ruptures exist between the promise of mainstream institutional change and resistance to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered, and queer (LGBTQ) activism. [Access full text via SpringerLink]

Review Essay of a Criminologist and his Final Book: On Ian Taylor and Crime in Context: A Critical Criminology of Market Societies

Gregg Barak

Ian Taylor died in the Winter of 2001. The final book of his productive scholarly career was published simultaneously by Polity Press in the U.K. (Cambridge) and by Westview in the U.S, a rare accomplishment in academic publishing. Two testimonials on the back cover address the substance and relevance of Taylor and his final contribution. Elliot Currie says, “With this book, Ian Taylor confirms his standing as one of the most thoughtful students of crime and society writing anywhere in the world today. Crime in Context is well-reasoned, wide-ranging and important—a major contribution to our understanding of the ways in which the enormous social and economic transformations of our time are reshaping the problems of crime and social order.” Jock Young reverberates, “This timely book will be useful both to students and professional criminologists in that it puts late twentieth-century developments in crime and disorder within a broad social and historical context. There is no other book that does this. I have no doubt it will find a wide and enthusiastic audience.”

While I agree with their assessments, I question how wide the book’s audience will be - especially in North America, where today’s driving forces of global market society reside. I’m skeptical about the wide and enthusiastic audience even though Crime in Context received the American Society of Criminology’s Michael Hindelang Award for the most outstanding book in 2000. In fact, I was a member of the committee that gave Ian’s book this prestigious award, one of two members who enthusiastically supported it from the beginning of the voting process. Thus, I certainly believe that it’s a book that should be read by anyone who claims to be a criminologist and by any curious person who wants to know how crime and crime control work. [Access full text via SpringerLink]

Review of The Killing State: Capital Punishment in Law, Politics, and Culture. Austin Sarat, New York: Oxford University Press

Robert M. Bohm

Professor Sarat's anthology is a significant contribution to the death penalty literature, especially the study of the symbolic meaning of capital punishment in society and the cultural consequences of living in a "killing state." Several essays should particularly interest critical criminologists because of their provocative postmodern analyses. The ten essays are divided into three sections. Four essays in the first section address "The Politics of State Killing" and focus on the relationship between capital punishment and democracy. Three essays in the second section on "Capital Punishment and Legal Values" examine capital punishment's adverse effect on a society's legal system. Three essays in the last section on "The Death Penalty and the Culture of Responsibility" explore the basic ideas of freedom, responsibility and the role of capital punishment in the cultural constitution of social identity. [Access full text via SpringerLink]

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