Criminology as if Race, Gender and Class Mattered: Implications for the Society and the Field

Meda Chesney-Lind, University of Hawaii at Manoa

Criminology generally and the American Society of Criminology (ASC) more specifically benefit in very direct ways from diversity. Unlike fields that have arguably less to gain, understandings of crime, victimization and criminal justice are about precisely the issues that this title implies. However, despite the obvious role played by poverty in some criminological theorizing, the field has been slow to embrace race and gender as key elements in theorizing. Past that, the field of criminology has a long way to go to when it comes to addressing the unique problems and challenges experienced by women, minority, and class "outsiders" who attempt to enter academic life and the life of the Society.

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Updated 05/20/2006