Racialization, Crime, and Criminal Justice in Canada

By Wendy Chan and Dorothy Chunn

© 2014

Race still matters in Canada, and in the context of crime and criminal justice, it matters a lot. In this book, the authors focus on the ways in which racial minority groups are criminalized, as well as the ways in which the Canadian criminal justice system is racialized. Employing an intersectional analysis, Chan and Chunn explore how the connection between race and crime is further affected by class, gender, and other social relations.The text covers not only conventional topics such as policing, sentencing, and the media, but also neglected areas such as the criminalization of immigration, poverty, and mental illness.

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  • Page Count: 240 pages
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Race still matters in Canada, and in the context of crime and criminal justice, it matters a lot. In this book, the authors focus on the ways in which racial minority groups are criminalized,
as well as the ways in which the Canadian criminal justice system is racialized.

Racialization, Crime, and Criminal Justice in Canada

By Wendy Chan and Dorothy Chunn

© 2014

Race still matters in Canada, and in the context of crime and criminal justice, it matters a lot. In this book, the authors focus on the ways in which racial minority groups are criminalized, as well as the ways in which the Canadian criminal justice system is racialized. Employing an intersectional analysis, Chan and Chunn explore how the connection between race and crime is further affected by class, gender, and other social relations.The text covers not only conventional topics such as policing, sentencing, and the media, but also neglected areas such as the criminalization of immigration, poverty, and mental illness.

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Product Details

  • Division: Higher Education
  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 240 pages
  • Dimensions: 6.0in x 0.5in x 9.0in
  • Reviews

    This comprehensive and accessible text provides a theoretically-rich look at the various ways that race and racism are central to Canada's criminal justice system. Chan and Chunn explore previously under-examined events and cases to establish how race intersects with gender, disability, citizenship, class, and nation. The result is a book that offers an understanding of racialization and crime in a neoliberal and white-settler context.
    Hijin Park, Brock University

    Extremely well-researched and thorough, this text should be useful in a broad range of disciplines: social work, criminology, and gender and anti-racist studies. One of the strengths of this book is its coverage of topics that are missing from most criminology texts, especially the role that the state plays in constructing criminality in the areas of immigration and national security, as well as discussions of mental health and race.
    Shoshanna Pollack, Wilfrid Laurier University
  • Author Information

    Wendy Chan is Professor of Sociology at Simon Fraser University, author of numerous articles and books on crime and immigration, and co-editor of Crimes of Colour: Racialization and the Criminal Justice System in Canada (2001).


    Dorothy E. Chunn is a professor emerita of sociology in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Simon Fraser University.
  • Table of contents

    Acknowledgments

    Introduction
    The Racialization of Crime
    Structure of the Book

    Part One: Concepts, Theories, Approaches

    1. Concepts and Theories about Race, Racialization, and Criminal Justice
    Conceptualizing Race, Racism, and Racial Difference
    The Racialization of Crime and Criminal Justice in Canada
    The Criminalization of Racial Groups

    Part Two: Constructing Criminal Justice

    2. Intersectionality, Crime, and Criminal Justice
    Intersectionality and Feminist Criminologies
    Who Is an (In)Credible Lawbreaker or Victim of Crime?
    Normative Expectations and Criminal Justice
    The "But For" Phenomenon
    Rethinking the "Criminal–Victim" Dichotomy
    Intersectionality and Equality

    3. Race, Crime, and Mental Health
    Anti-Psychiatry and Critiques of the Psy Complex
    Racial Discrimination, Racial Disparities, and Mental Health
    Mad or Bad? Categorizing Dual Deviants
    Diagnosing Dangerousness: Mental Illness and Violence
    Deinstitutionalization and the Criminalization of Madness

    4. Media Representations of Race, Crime, and Criminal Justice
    Newsworthiness and Crime Reporting
    Race, Crime, and Moral Panics
    Crime and Criminal Justice as Spectacle

    Part Three: Administering Criminal Justice

    5. Race, Racism, and Policing
    Policing Under the Radar
    Racial Profiling and Police "Stop and Search" Decisions
    Race and Police Use of Force

    6. Race, Sentencing, and Imprisonment
    Gendering Criminal Justice
    Race and the Criminal Justice Process
    Unintended Consequences of Criminal Justice Reform

    7. Criminal Victimization and Hate Crimes
    Victimization of Women
    Racialized Youth and Criminal Victimization
    Hate Crimes in Canada

    Part Four: Criminalizing Racial Groups

    8. The Racialization of National Security
    Legislative Changes
    The New Enemy
    The Exceptional State?
    Bolstering Domestic Security

    9. The Racialization of Immigration Surveillance
    Migration Surveillance
    Preventing and Deterring Unwanted Migration
    Detention and Deportation
    The Rise of Anti-Immigration

    10. The Criminalization and Racialization of Poverty
    Rolling Back State Support
    The "Undeserving" Poor
    Penalizing and Criminalizing Poor People

    References
    Legal Cases Cited
    Index

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