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In this original and cutting-edge new textbook, Mike Rowe explores the key topics in race and crime. Examining the main issues from a historical and comparative approach, the book fully situates arguments and ideas in a global context with contemporary examples. Encouraging readers to think critically about well-worn debates, Race & Crime covers a diverse range of issues, including:

  • Representation and disproportionality
  • Victimisation
  • Human Rights
  • Terrorism
  • Popular culture
  • Governance
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Editorial Reviews

Anita Kalunta-Crumpton
Rowe calls for an exploration of the processes of racialization, with a particular focus on how the concepts of race and crime, in various contexts, circumstances and times, have developed, been utilized and applied to make sense of the social world. For Rowe, the concepts of race and crime have real implications as both ‘are real in their consequences’...This book provides a constructive way forward for the study of race and crime.
Diana Hunter
In a short review, I cannot do justice to the treasury of such nuggets supporting subtle arguments in these 300 pages - well charted in every sense. But if you have ever wondered about what happens when business meets academia but never dared to find out yourself, this would be a great place to start.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781849207270
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 5/15/2012
  • Series: Key Approaches to Criminology Series
  • Pages: 216
  • Product dimensions: 6.60 (w) x 9.40 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Michael Rowe is Professor of Criminology at Northumbria University

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Table of Contents

'Race', 'Crime' and Society
The Social Construction of 'Race'
The Social Construction of 'Crime'
Race and Crime: A Critical Engagement
Structure of the Book
Study Questions
Further Reading
Race, Crime and the Criminological Imagination
Race and the Development of Classical Criminology
Criminology as Science: Race and the Emergence of the Positivist School
Race, Ethnicity and Sociological Positivism
'Empiricism' to 'Social Constructionism'
Study Questions
Further Reading
Race, Crime and Popular Culture
Race and Crime in News Media
Screen Fiction
Digital Media
Study Questions
Further Reading
Disproportionality in Offending
Statistical Evidence of Disproportionality
Other Evidence of Disproportionality
Guns, Gangs and Street Crime: Mugging and Onwards
Race and Crime: A Critical Realist Perspective
Study Questions
Further Reading
Race and Victimization
Minority Ethnic Groups and Criminal Victimization
Racist Hate Crime: Victims and Perpetrators
Responding to Racist Crime
Study Questions
Further Reading
Race, Conflict and Human Rights
Human Rights Abuse and the Failure of Criminology
Towards a Criminology of Genocide
Criminology, Environmental Harm and Neo-Colonialism
Study Questions
Further Reading
Disproportionality in the Criminal Justice System
Minority Ethnic Groups in the Criminal Justice System of England and Wales
International Comparisons
Explaining the Over-Representation of Minorities in Criminal Justice Systems
Study Questions
Further Reading
Diversity and Representation in the Criminal Justice System
Recruitment, Retention and Promotion
Enhancing Diversity within the Criminal Justice System
Promoting the Diversity Agenda
Workforce Diversity: Necessary but Insufficient Conditions for Reform
Study Questions
Further Reading
Islam, Terrorism and Security
Introduction: Terrorism and Security into the 21st Century
Muslims as 'Suspect Communities'
Study Questions
Further Reading
Race and Crime: A Critical Engagement
Ethnic Monitoring in Criminal Justice
Study Questions
Further Reading

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