Criminalization, Representation, Regulation: Thinking Differently about Crime

Criminalization, Representation, Regulation: Thinking Differently about Crime


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What is a crime and how do we construct it? The answers to these questions are complex and entangled in a web of power relations that require us to think differently about processes of criminalization and regulation. This book draws on Foucault's concept of governmentality as a lens to analyze and critique how crime is understood, reproduced, and challenged. It explores the dynamic interplay between practices of representation, processes of criminalization, and the ways that these circulate to both reflect and constitute crime and "justice."

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781442607101
Publisher: University of Toronto Press, Higher Education Division
Publication date: 09/30/2014
Pages: 480
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Deborah Brock is an associate professor in the Department of Sociology at York University.

Amanda Glasbeek is Associate Professor in the Department of Social Science at York University. Her books include Feminized Justice: The Toronto Women's Court, 1913-34 (2009) and Moral Regulation and Governance in Canada: History, Context, and Critical Issues (2006).

Carmela Murdocca is Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology at York University and a member of York's graduate programs in Sociology, Socio-Legal Studies, and Social and Political Thought. She is the author of To Right Historical Wrongs: Race, Gender, and Sentencing in Canada (2013).

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations


Introduction: Thinking Differently About Crime

Part I: Thinking Differently About Crime

1. Michel Foucault: Theories and "Method" (Carmela Murdocca)

2. History Matters (Amanda Glasbeek)

3. The Politics of Representation (Ummni Khan)

4. The Politics of Counting Crime (Michael S. Mopas)

Part II: Intersections

5. Racialization, Criminalization, Representation (Carmela Murdocca)

6. Gendering Crime: Men and Masculinities (Ruthann Lee)

7. Women Gone Bad? Women, Criminalization, and Representation (Amanda Glasbeek)

8. Sexual Regulation: Sexing Governmentality; Governing Sex (Deborah Brock)

9. Crime and Social Classes: Regulating and Representing Public Disorder (Marie-Eve Sylvestre)

Part III: Emerging Issues in Canada and Beyond: Connecting the Global to the Local

10. Profiles and Profiling Technology: Stereotypes, Surveillance and Governmentality (Martin A. French and Simone A. Browne)

11. Wanted by the Canada Border Services Agency (Anna Pratt)

12. In the Name of Human Rights: Governing and Representing Non-Western Lives Post-9/11 (Marcia Oliver)

13. Where Are All the Corporate Criminals? Understanding Struggles to Criminalize Corporate Harm and Wrongdoing (Steven Bittle)

14. Social Movements and Critical Resistance: Policing Colonial Capitalist Order (Tia Dafnos)

Conclusion: Representation, Regulation, and Resistance




What People are Saying About This

Mariana Valverde

A great alternative to conventional criminology textbooks, this lively, sophisticated, and up-to-date book will give students the tools to critically analyze not only criminal justice issues, but state regulation more generally. While most authors are Canadian, the material covered is international. The combination of theoretically rich analysis and contemporary Canadian examples makes it a unique offering for both instructors and students.

Randy Lippert

This most welcome, cutting-edge collection takes the critical tradition of Canadian criminology and socio-legal studies into new territory and revitalizes it with effective engagement with the three most vital themes in the field today. It features wide-ranging, fascinating chapters covering timely concepts and issues, written by some of the best Canadian scholars working today. A must-read for students and professors alike.

Chris Bruckert

Criminalization, Representation, Regulation is a significant and timely collection that extends the conversation well beyond conventional criminological tropes and theoretical approaches. This is a thought-provoking, multi-disciplinary, critical criminology text. An important contribution.

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