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Class, Race, Gender, and Crime: The Social Realities of Justice in America is a systematic examination of the impact of class, race and gender on criminological theory and the administration of criminal justice. These topics represent the main sites of inequality, power, and privilege in the U.S., which define society's understanding, consciously or unconsciously, of who is a criminal and how society should deal with them. The text is ordered around short, lucid introductions to the key concepts of class, race/ethnicity, gender and their intersections. Subsequent chapters use these concepts as subheadings to structure topics related to criminology, victimization and each phase of the administration of criminal justice: practices of law making, law enforcement, adjudication, sentencing, and punishment. Significantly, the authors provide a history to contextualize contemporary data and policy debates, which they observe through the lens of social justice. The book concludes with a review of the evolution of justice in America, along with an evaluation of alternative crime reduction policies, intended to further realize the goals and aspirations of 'liberty, justice, and equality for all.'
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Introduction: Crime, Inequality, and Justice
Chapter 1: Understanding Class: Wealth, Inequality, and Corporate Power
Chapter 2: Understanding Race: Social Constructions and White Privilege
Chapter 3: Understanding Gender: Male Privilege and the 51 Percent Minority
Chapter 4: Class, Race, and Gender: Intersections and Integrations
Chapter 5: Criminology and Criminal Justice: The "Interdiscipline"
Chapter 6: Law Making, Criminal Law, and the Administration of Justice: Constructing Criminals I
Chapter 7: Victimology and Victimization: Parents of Crime and Harm
Chapter 8: Law Enforcement and Criminal Adjudication: Constructing Criminals II
Chapter 9: Punishment, Sentencing, and Imprisonment: With Liberty for Some
Chapter 10: Workers and the Enterprise of Criminal Justice: Careers and a Changing World
Conclusion: Crime, Justice, and Policy
About the Authors