Articulation of Liberation Criminologies and Public Criminologies

Advancing a Countersystem Approach and Decolonization Paradigm

Authored by: Biko Agozino , Kimberley Ducey

Routledge Handbook of Public Criminologies

Print publication date:  February  2020
Online publication date:  January  2020

Print ISBN: 9781138479296
eBook ISBN: 9781351066105
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Inspired by Agozino’s decolonization paradigm in criminology and Feagin, Vera, and Ducey’s Liberation Sociology (2014), we contend that public criminologies can and should coexist with liberation criminology. The chapter begins with a brief introduction to public sociology, which is followed by a description of the emergence of Eurocentric sociology. The authors illustrate that since its inception, European sociology simultaneously held the seeds of radical and conservative thought. We turn next to the question of “What is liberation criminology?” We offer an overview of what it looks like theoretically and practically, including in contrast to liberation sociology. We then describe the liberation criminology of W. E. B. Du Bois and Ida B. Wells-Barnett. Finally, we turn our attention fully to Agozino’s decolonization paradigm, including historical examples to illustrate the model. The significance of “doing” liberation criminology is explored throughout the chapter.

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