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Race & Crime



April 2012 | 224 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

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

As with all books in the Key Approaches to Criminology series, Race & Crime features extensive learning features to help students to fully engage with topics covered. These include: chapter overviews, study questions, further reading and key terms.

 

Stylishly written yet accessible, Race & Crime will prove invigorating, vital reading for students in criminology, sociology, race and ethnic studies, and cultural studies.

 

 

 

The Key Approaches to Criminology series celebrates the removal of traditional barriers between disciplines and, specifically, reflects criminology’s interdisciplinary nature and focus.  It brings together some of the leading scholars working at the intersections of criminology and related subjects.  Each book in the series helps readers to make intellectual connections between criminology and other discourses, and to understand the importance of studying crime and criminal justice within the context of broader debates. 

 

The series is intended to have appeal across the entire range of undergraduate and postgraduate studies and beyond, comprising books which offer introductions to the fields as well as advancing ideas and knowledge in their subject areas. 

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

In this wide-ranging and ambitious book, Michael Rowe has managed the difficult feat of being both scholarly and accessible. He provides a critical and thought-provoking analysis of criminology's long-standing and problematic relationship to questions of race and ethnicity, and, drawing on a range of resources from the local to the global, argues convincingly that criminology should attend more closely to the harms to minority groups that result from the crimes of the powerful
David Smith
Lancaster University


In this book, Mike Rowe presents material in relation to the broad area of race and crime in new and refreshing ways. Debates traditionally featured under 'race and crime' are given a contemporary twist, providing students, researchers, practitioners and others with challenging new insights. The material is clearly presented and very engaging
Basia Spalek
The University of Birmingham



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.

Anita Kalunta-Crumpton
Texas Southern University

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.

Diana Hunter

Throughout this compelling and comprehensive book, Mike Rowe boldly confronts society's persistent blurring of the difference between race and ethnicity. The author eloquently illustrates the issues surrounding ethnicity and crime, the feelings of isolation and shame, vulnerability, and a myriad of relevant topics. This is a must-read for all students who are studying race, crime and victimisation.

Mr Aliraza Javaid
School of Social, Psychological & Comm, Leeds Beckett University
March 4, 2015

An impressive book.
It provides wide ranging coverage on a range of important issues connected to race and crime. An impressive overview is provided which draws upon an extremely wide literature base - and offers multiple perspectives and interpretations.

Mr Matthew Scandrett
(FSSH) Criminology , London Metropolitan University
February 19, 2015

This is an excellent text that provides a detailed, accessible and up-to-date overview and analysis of the criminological material on race, ethnicity and crime. I think that the theoretical and historical chapters are of particular use for UG students, and it is a really helpful text for the race & ethnicity segment of our module

Mr Trevor Jones
School of Social Sciences, Cardiff University
October 15, 2013

An excellent book which I am strongly recommending to students on two modules

Professor Andrew Pilkington
Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences, Northampton University
April 8, 2013

This is an excellent competitor for the US textbooks in the same tradition, and also for the long-used Bowling & Philips book on 'Race' and Crime in the UK.
The context which it gives to the experience of BME people in the UK and abroad of the 'race'-crime nexus is superb. It is the key text my students will go to in the coming year.

Dr Lucy Michael
Social Science , Hull University
January 22, 2013

Good core reading for criminal justice undergraduates.

Dr Ivan Hill
School of Applied Social Sciences, Durham University
November 7, 2012

A well written book, suitable for my level 4 and 5 students on the Foundation degree in Policing studies

Mr Peter Norton
Uniformed public services, Sheffield College
October 9, 2012

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