Racialized Correctional Governance

Racialized Correctional Governance : The Mutual Constructions of Race and Criminal Justice

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Racialized Correctional Governance examines problems in the relationship between criminology and racialized issues. It questions current models for discussing issues of race in criminal justice systems and asks why a comprehensive theory of race and criminal justice has yet to develop in the discipline. It takes into account the full nature of problems facing racialized peoples in criminal justice systems, the developments and tensions in criminological theory and practice, as well as the scope of racialized criminal justice issues and where they occur. Suggesting that current explanations for the over-representation of racialized peoples in the criminal justice system are inadequate, the book explores the mutual constructions of race and criminal justice. It examines the shortcomings of current discourse, giving an account of how race, criminal justice and criminology are interrelated. Aiming to provide criminology with tools to engage with issues of race and criminal justice, the book develops and applies a set of rules to a series of case studies and proposes ideas for transforming institutional practice.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 196 pages
  • 159 x 235 x 12.7mm | 502g
  • Ashgate Publishing Limited
  • United Kingdom
  • English
  • New ed
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1409437515
  • 9781409437512
  • 2,051,639

Table of contents

Contents: Preface; Introduction; The 'infallible science' of offending behaviour; The rules of engagement; Unavoidable and undeniable history; Biculturalism: struggling to maintain dual histories; Diverse history, common practice; Conclusion; References; Index.
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Review quote

'Drawing on interviews with correctional staff in Australia and New Zealand, this study provides welcome critical assessment of contemporary questions about race and correctional governance in these two countries. By placing the empirical material in dialogue with theoretical debates about race, identity and penality, it moves ahead criminological understandings of all three issues.'Mary Bosworth, University of Oxford, UK and Monash University, Australia
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About Claire Spivakovsky

Claire Spivakovsky has worked in the academic, community and government sectors developing a range of social justice projects. She currently works at Monash University, Australia as a Lecturer in Criminology.
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