Encyclopedia of Race and Crime, Volume 1
Helen Taylor Greene, Shaun L. Gabbidon
SAGE Publications, Apr 14, 2009 - Social Science - 978 pages
“The organization of the reader’s guide—especially the groupings of landmark cases, race riots, and criminology theories—is impressive ... Other related titles lack the breadth, detail, and accessibility of this work ... Recommended for all libraries; essential for comprehensive social studies collections.”
As seen almost daily on local and national news, race historically and presently figures prominently in crime and justice reporting within the United States, in the areas of hate crimes, racial profiling, sentencing disparities, wrongful convictions, felon disenfranchisement, political prisoners, juveniles and the death penalty, and culturally specific delinquency prevention programs.
The Encyclopedia of Race and Crime covers issues in both historical and contemporary context, with information on race and ethnicity and their impact on crime and the administration of justice. These two volumes offer a greater appreciation for the similar historical experiences of varied racial and ethnic groups and illustrate how race and ethnicity has mattered and continues to matter in the administration of American criminal justice.
Because the topic of race and crime is of wide interest and relevance, entries in this Encyclopedia are written in an accessible style to appeal to a broad audience, making it a welcome addition to academic and public libraries alike.
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Encyclopedia of Race and CrimeUser Review - Book Verdict
Countering the simplified examination of race and crime perpetrated by the media, editors Greene (Texas Southern Univ.) and Gabbidon (Pennsylvania State Univ.) offer a more comprehensive analysis of this complex and sensitive issue. The contributors are largely an American cast of scholars in criminology, criminal justice, and other related fields. Following the list of roughly 400 entries is a reader's guide that groups related topics into "Biographies," "Cases," "Concepts and Theories," "Corrections," "Courts," "Drugs," "Juvenile Justice," "Media," "Organizations," "Police," "Public Policy," "Race Riots," "Specific Populations," and "Violence and Crime." Entries range in length from several paragraphs to several pages and examine the impact of race on the administration of justice for Americans of all types: Asian, African, Hispanic, Native, and Caucasian. Also included are discussions of crime and justice as they relate to religious minorities. In unbiased, accessible prose, the entries explore historical topics at the intersection of race and crime, such as the Dred Scott case, the Elaine Massacre of 1919, and the Dyer Bill, while detailing timely topics like the Minuteman Project and tasers. The second volume closes with an index and two invaluable appendixes covering statistics on race and crime and web sites with data on race and crime. The organization of the reader's guide-especially the groupings of landmark cases, race riots, and criminology theories-is impressive. BOTTOM LINE Other related titles lack the breadth, detail, and accessibility of this work. Gregg Barak and others' Class, Race, Gender, and Crime: The Social Realities of Justice in America lacks the focus on race, for instance, while Samuel Walker and others' The Color of Justice: Race, Ethnicity, and Crime in America is primarily focused on criminological theories. Recommended for all libraries; essential for comprehensive social studies collections.-Daniel Sifton, Cariboo Regional Dist. Lib., Williams Lake, B.C.