Critical Voices In Criminology

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Readers of criminology 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 assumption and notions of professional competence seemingly renders such information unimportant However, increasing numbers of critical scholars are becoming aware of authorship as an ...

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Overview

Readers of criminology 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 assumption and notions of professional competence seemingly renders 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 an with the discipline

This 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 appropriated sensible or realistic while others appeared lass so, whether they internalized these particular themes, or if they 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

Preface ix

Introduction: Who Are These Guys? xi

1 Butterfly or Dinosaur? Criminological "Journeyman"; and Romantic Pessimist Chris Powell 1

2 Reflections of a Black Feminist Criminologist Hillary Potter 23

3 An Accidental Criminologist Luis Fernandez 39

4 Traveling into Criminology Sharon Pickering 53

5 Convict Criminology: "Privileged Information" and the Authority of Experience Alan Mobley 67

6 Identity Matters: Cultivating a Critical Criminologist Nancy A. Wonders 91

7 From Dock to Doctor Roger Yates 109

8 Goody Two Shoes Meets the Bad Girls Ruth Waierhouse 125

9 "Hearing Voices, Bearing Witness": Reflections on Critical Analysis in Criminology Phil Scraton 143

10 Confessions of a Drive-By Intellectual Raymond Michalowski 185

11 Hither and Thither No More: Reflections of a Retiring, but Not Shy, Professor Gary T. Marx 205

About the Contributors 253

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