Criminological Perspectives on Race and Crime
Routledge – 2010 – 282 pages
Series: Criminology and Justice Studies
Ideal for use in either crime theory or race and crime courses, this is the only text to look at the array of explanations for crime as they relate to racial and ethnic groups. Each chapter begins with a historical review of each theoretical perspective and how its original formulation and more recent derivatives account for racial/ethnic differences. The theoretical perspectives include those based on religion, biology, social disorganization/strain, subculture, labeling, conflict, social control, colonial, and feminism. This new Second Edition includes discussions of "Deadly Symbiosis," critical race theory/criminology, comparative conflict theory, maximization, and abortion, race, and crime. In the closing chapter, the author considers which perspectives have shown the most promise in the area of race/ethnicity and crime.
"This book fills a critical gap in the criminology literature, and is distinguished by its examination of a broad range of theories, including some seldom considered in the field, its thorough examination of the research on these theories, and its efforts to draw conclusions about the strengths and weaknesses of various approaches. An excellent choice for courses in criminology, crime theory, and race and crime."—Robert Agnew, Emory University
"Gabbidon provides a comprehensive, reader-friendly examination of the panorama of attempts, some sage, some bizarre, to interpret the relationship between criminal activity and race and ethnicity. As a text and work of scholarship, Shaun Gabbidon’s book is outstanding; as a contribution to our informed understanding of a vital social issue it is exemplary."—Gilbert Geis, University of California, Irvine
"Criminological Perspectives on Race and Crime offers a panoramic and probing survey of theories of criminal conduct and ethnoracial division. It invites us to inject this controversial topic, enshrouded in prejudice and moralism, with conceptual clarity and empirical rigor, and to enlarge the debate by reckoning with international perspectives. Students of racial disparities in crime and justice will want to ponder, teach with, and learn from Gabbidon’s book."— Loïc Wacquant, University of California, Berkeley
1. A Brief Introduction to Race, Crime, and Theory 2. Biological Perspectives on Race and Crime 3. Social Disorganization and Strain Perspectives on Race and Crime 4. Subcultural Perspectives on Race and Crime 5. Labeling Perspectives on Race and Crime 6. Conflict Perspectives on Race and Crime 7. Social Control Perspectives on Race and Crime 8. Colonial Perspectives on Race and Crime 9. Feminist Perspectives on Race and Crime 10. Conclusion
Shaun L. Gabbidon is Distinguished Professor of Criminal Justice in the School of Public Affairs at Penn State Harrisburg. He has served as a Fellow at Harvard University’s W. E. B. Du Bois Institute for Afro-American Research, and as an adjunct Associate Professor in the Center for Africana Studies at the University of Pennsylvania. His most recent books include Race, Ethnicity, Crime and Justice: An International Dilemma (2009) and the Encyclopedia of Race and Crime (2009; co-edited with Dr. Helen Taylor Greene).