Counter-Colonial Criminology

Counter-Colonial Criminology : A Critique of Imperialist Reason

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"This book will revolutionize the study of criminology throughout the world and promote the discipline especially in the Third World...A groundbreaking book ...[offering ] dazzling brilliance in the development of criminological theory." Ihekwoaba D. Onwudiwe, Associate Professor, Dept. of Criminal Justice, University of Maryland Eastern Shore "It adopts an insightful theoretical approach to the study of criminology. I find the interdisciplinary approach appealing". Jerry Dibua, Morgan State University This book is about how the history of colonialism has shaped the definition of crime and justice systems not only in former colonies but also in colonialist countries. Biko Agozino argues that criminology in the West was originally tested in the colonies and then brought back to mother countries -- in this way, he claims, the colonial experience has been instrumental in shaping modern criminology in colonial powers. He looks at how radical critiques of mainstream criminology by critical feminist and postmodernist thinkers contribute to an understanding of the relationship between colonial experience and criminology. But he also shows that even critical feminist and postmodernist assessments of conventional criminology do not go far enough as they remain virtually silent on colonial issues. Biko Agozino considers African and other postcolonial literature and contributions to counter colonial criminology, their originality, relevance and limitations. Finally he advocates a "committed objectivity" approach to race-class-gender criminology investigations in order to come to terms with imperialistic and neo-colonialist more

Product details

  • Hardback | 296 pages
  • 136 x 214 x 20mm | 458.14g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • New
  • 074531886X
  • 9780745318868
  • 2,188,300

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"This book will revolutionize the study of criminology throughout the world and promote the discipline especially in the Third World. ... A groundbreaking book ... [offering] dazzling brilliance in the development of criminological theory."show more

About Dr. Biko Agozino

Biko Agozino is associate professor of criminology at the Indiana University of Pennsylvania. He is the author of Black Women and the Criminal Justice System published by Ashgate, 1997, and editor of Theoretical and Methodological Issues in Migration Research, Ashgate more

Table of contents

Acknowledgement Table of contents Introduction 1. The Enlightenment and Euro American Theories of the Judicial Process 2. From Determinism to Meaning: The Emergence of Labeling Perspective 3. From Societal Reaction to Questions of Power: From Labelling to Radical Criminology 4. Feminist Perspectives and Critical Criminology 5. Lesbian Rape: Maternal Metaphors for the Patriarchal State and International Conflict Resolution 6. Post-Structuralism and Positivism in Criminological Theory 7. Social Fiction Sui Generis: The Fairy Tale Structure of Criminological Theory 8. Executive lawlessness and the struggle for democracy in Africa 9. Radical Criminology In African Literature' 10. Committed Objectivity in Race-Class-Gender Research 11. How Scientific is Criminal Justice? A Methodological Critique of research on McCleskey V. Kemp and other capital cases. 12. What is Institutionalised? The Race-Class-Gender Articulation of Stephen Lawrence' 13. 'Criminal Records: The Toughest, The Police and The Thieves; The Policing of Peter Tosh and Popular Culture' Conclusion: Beyond Criminological Orientalism. Bibliography About The Author Endonotesshow more