Criminology on the Left and the Latino Experience of Crime and Punishment

Michael Coyle, Arizona State University

ABSTRACT
This paper develops two distinct contributions. The first task is the development of a theoretical discourse introducing a theory of Criminology on the Left. The theory of Criminology on the Left is an attempt to isolate the important and often shared distinctions of Radical/Critical Criminology, Marxist Criminology, Postmodern Criminology, Anarchist Criminology, Constitutive Criminology and Peacemaking Criminology. The second task of this paper is to examine how effectively a Criminology on the Left could explain the Latino experience of crime and punishment. The first study is based on a review and synthesis of the body of literature highlighting the theoretical emphases of the above-mentioned criminological theories. The second study is based on the application of these theoretical emphases on another body of literature highlighting the Latino experience of crime and punishment in modern U.S. society. In sum, this paper examines how well the criminogenetic theoretical insights and worldview of a Left Criminology explain the Latino experience of crime and punishment in the U.S.

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