Intersectionality, rural criminology, and re-imaging the boundaries of critical criminology

Carrington, Kerry, Donnermeyer, Joseph, & DeKeseredy, Walter S. (2014) Intersectionality, rural criminology, and re-imaging the boundaries of critical criminology. Critical Criminology, 22(4), pp. 463-477.

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One of the significant shortcomings of the criminological canon, including its critical strands – feminist, cultural and green – has been its urbancentric bias. In this theoretical model, rural communities are idealised as conforming to the typical small-scale traditional societies based on cohesive organic forms of solidarity and close density acquaintance networks. This article challenges the myth that rural communities are relatively crime free places of ‘moral virtue’ with no need for a closer scrutiny of rural context, rural places, and rural peoples about crime and other social problems. This challenge is likewise woven into the conceptual and empirical narratives of the other articles in this Special Edition, which we argue constitute an important body of innovative work, not just for reinvigorating debates in rural criminology, but also critical criminology. For without a critical perspective of place, the realities of context are too easily overlooked. A new criminology of crime and place will help keep both critical criminology and rural criminology firmly anchored in the sociological and the criminological imagination. We argue that intersectionality, a framework that resists privileging any particular social structural category of analysis, but is cognisant of the power effects of colonialism, class, race and gender, can provide the theoretical scaffolding to further develop such a project.

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ID Code: 77435
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Rural Criminology, Cultural Criminology, Feminist Criminology, Green Criminology, Critical Criminology, Intersectionality
DOI: 10.1007/s10612-014-9257-0
ISSN: 1205-8629
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > CRIMINOLOGY (160200)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Crime & Justice Research Centre
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Law
Current > Schools > School of Justice
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2014 The Author(s)
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Deposited On: 09 Oct 2014 22:43
Last Modified: 16 Oct 2014 14:50

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