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Chronicles of a Radical Criminologist

Working the Margins of Law, Power, and Justice

Gregg Barak (author)

ISBN: 9781978814127

Publication Date: Jul 2020

Format: Paperback

Also available as: Hardback  

Offers a first-person account that examines the linkages between one scholar's experiences as a criminologist from the late 1960s to the present and the emergence and evolution of radical criminology as a challenge to developments in mainstream criminology.
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Over the past five decades, prominent criminologist Gregg Barak has worked as an author, editor, and book review editor; his large body of work has been grounded in traditional academic prose. His new book, Chronicles of a Radical Criminologist, while remaining scholarly in its intent, departs from the typical academic format. The book is a a first-person account that examines the linkages between one scholar's experiences as a criminologist from the late 1960s to the present and the emergence and evolution of radical criminology as a challenge to developments in mainstream criminology. Barak draws upon his own experiences over this half-century as a window into the various debates and issues among radical, critical, and technocratic criminologies. In doing so, he revisits his own seminal works, showing how they reflect those periods of criminological development.

What holds this book together is the story of how resisting the crimes of the powerful while struggling locally for social justice is the essence of critical criminology. His six chapters are divided into three parts-academic freedom, academic activism, and academic praxis-and these connected stories link the author's own academic career in Berkeley, California; Las Vegas, Nevada; Chicago; Alabama; Ann Arbor, Michigan; and across the United States. Barak's eventful scholarly life involved efforts to overcome laws against abortion and homosexuality; to formalize protective practices for women from domestic violence and sexual assault; to oppose racism and classism in the criminal justice system; to challenge the wars on gangs, drugs, and immigrants; and to confront the policies of mass incarceration and the treatment of juvenile offenders.

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"Chronicles of a Radical Criminologist is part-memoir, part-intellectual history and part-theoretical integration, synthesis and analysis; it is also a call to action, as well as a blueprint for praxis-oriented teaching and scholarship. Gregg Barak accomplishes all of this in a book written so lucidly that it could be read at the beach–which I did!"

"In this candid and thought-provoking account, Barak takes the reader on a captivating journey that begins with his critical roots in the renowned Berkeley School of Criminology. By detailing his many travels, tribulations, and triumphs as a respected scholar, university administrator, community activist, political candidate, and frequent newsmaker, Barak's rich narrative conveys an enduring message: challenging the power elite, combatting inequality, and promoting social justice are all battles worth fighting."

"Gregg Barak has brought autoethnography from the social sciences and humanities to the field of criminology with this fascinating odyssey of his lifelong commitment to social justice. From the United States to Europe and South America, he co-mingles the personal and the political by relating his own experiences to outside struggles from the 60s to the present, exemplifying the trials and tribulations of academia along the way. A must-read for historians of criminology itself."
Pages 228
Dimensions 229 x 152
Date Published 30 Jul 2020
Publisher Rutgers University Press
Series Critical Issues in Crime and Society
Subject/s Education   Crime & criminology  
Gregg Barak is a Professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Eastern Michigan University. In 2003 he became the 27th Fellow of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences and in 2007 he received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the ASC's Division of Critical Criminology & Social Justice. He is the author of Unchecked Corporate Power: Why the Crimes of Multinational Corporations are Routinized Away and What We Can Do About (2017).

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