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Lecture 6

SOCI 3810 Lecture 6: Lecture 6- Racialization & Criminilization

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York University
SOCI 3810
Carmela Murdocca

Racialization and Criminalization IntersectionAnalysis: Intersection approach takes into account the historical, social and political context and recognizes the unique experiences of individuals based on an intersection of all relevant grounds, identities and experiences. - Identities are so intersected that you cant separate different identities of race, class, gender, etc… Each identity and social experience gives content to the other Race and Racialization: • “Race” as a discource- Edward Said. • He argues with Foucaults work, Race is the meaning that a culture ascribes to physiological or cultural characteristics of a group of people • Race as a social construction - created and given meaning through representation that we have of the category of race. To racialize= to dehumanize (Fanon) • • Racializaton and criminalization as linked social processes: • Draws attention to the ways in which the connections between race and crime are neither universal nor fixed • Emphasizes the need to examine relationships between racial meanings • allows for the exploration of identity making practices • Allows for a consideration of the ways in which individuals and groups can be understood and racialized only in relation to one another and in particular historical and geographical context Racism and the criminal justice system: -Police provide the point of entry into the criminal justice system -Police and authoritative power -Police are not neutral arbitrators. They are products of their own social locations, particularly of police culture. Advocates of crime statistics based on race: • Those who want to prove that particular groups have a greater propensity to criminality • To demonstrate systemic bias, and show the need for reform of the system Opposition to collecting crime statistics by race:
 Who is using the statistics and for what purpose • we already know that this discrimina
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