Critical Voices In Criminology

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Readers of criminological literature are presented with little more than thumbnail sketches as to the social characteristics or motivations of the authors. One learns their status, institutional location, and supposed credentials. Rarely are we presented with more detailed impressions of the authors as a combination of positivist assumptions and notions of professional competence seemingly render such information unimportant. However, increasing numbers of critical scholars are becoming aware of authorship as an issue; it matters who is addressing us. By taking these authors out of their methodological framework, Critical Voices in Criminology provides an opportunity for figures in and around critical criminology to discuss their own intellectual journeys into and within the discipline. The book offers the opportunity for contributors to reflect on their work and consider what they did not say. It also affords them the opportunity to describe their own 'channeling processes' by indicating how the pursuance of some themes/topics 'seemed' appropriate, sensible, or realistic, while others appeared less so, whether they internalized these particular themes, or attempted to contest and/or replace them.

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Editorial Reviews

CHOICE, June 2010 - R.D. McCrie
These readings could provide insightful succor to social science graduate students finding their way into academe—or out of it.... Highly recommended.
Gilbert Geis
Critical criminology is the last current frontier of social science where scholars vibrantly give voice to their displeasure and outrage at the injustice that surrounds us. Critical Voices in Crimininology offers personal recitals of the pleasures and pitfalls of going against the technocratic academic tide. It provides information about how many of the contributors became dedicated critics of the status quo, and it reports on their crusades. The book is an eye-opener that should hearten readers who will learn that there are alternative academic paths that strive to make the world a better place for all of us.
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Meet the Author

Chris Powell is professor of criminology at the University of Southern Maine.

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Butterfly or Dinosaur? Criminological 'Journeyman' and Romantic Pessimist Chapter 2 Reflections of a Black Feminist Criminologist Chapter 3 An Accidental Criminologist Chapter 4 Traveling into Criminology Chapter 5 Convict Criminology: 'Privileged Information and the Authority of Experience Chapter 6 Identity Matters: Cultivating a Critical Criminologist Chapter 7 From Dock to Doctor Chapter 8 Goody Two Shoes Meets the Bad Girls Chapter 9 'Hearing Voices, Bearing Witness': Reflections on Critical Analysis in Criminology Chapter 10 Confessions of a Drive-by Intellectual Chapter 11 Hither and Thigher No More: Reflections of a Retiring, but not Shy, Professor

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