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Race, ethnicity and crime
Race, ethnicity and crime

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The course has provided a brief overview of the diverse but connected and developing ways in which some critical criminological perspectives have engaged with the meanings of race, ethnicity and cultural difference in studies of ‘crime’ and criminal justice.

Review questions

  • Why might the concept of criminalisation be valuable to understanding race–crime debates?
  • How can the data relating to race and ethnicity in criminal justice systems be interpreted?
  • Building on what you’ve learned in this course, can you think of some ways in which other factors (such as political influences or different historical and cultural contexts) might matter for critical criminologists looking at the race–ethnicity–crime relationship?