Crime, Law, and Structural Inequalities
Disparities vs. Constructions
- long tradition of scholarship examining whether groups are treated “same” under CJS
o definitional challenges
o methodological challenges
o difficulty identifying mechanisms
- but law and criminology don’t merely inherit race, ethnicity, Aboriginal status, class, and
gender – help define and shape those categories
- disparity and solutions?
o what is race? Ethnicity? Aboriginal?
o Kingston pilot project
o Racial discrimination in Ontario
o Landau on Aboriginal offenders
o La Prairie – no simple solution
o what is class?
o Michalowski: definition of crime: social class and criminality: social class and
o Snider: corporate crime (comparing insider trading theft to burglary – who gets