Racialized Correctional Governance: The Mutual Constructions of Race and Criminal Justice by Claire Spivakovsky

Dr Claire Spivakovsky joined the School of Political and Social Inquiry as a Lecturer in Criminology in 2013. Claire has worked in the academic, community and government sectors developing a range of social justice projects.

Claire’s first book, Racialized Correctional Governance: The Mutual Constructions of Race and Criminal Justice, is due to be published in April 2013 as part of Ashgate Publishing’s Advances in Criminology Series (http://www.ashgate.com/isbn/9781409437512)

Racialized Correctional Governance examines problems in the relationship between criminology and racialized issues. It questions current models for discussing issues of race in criminal justice systems and asks why a comprehensive theory of race and criminal justice has yet to develop in the discipline. It takes into account the full nature of problems facing racialized peoples in criminal justice systems, the developments and tensions in criminological theory and practice, as well as the scope of racialized criminal justice issues and where they occur.

Suggesting that current explanations for the over-representation of racialized peoples in the criminal justice system are inadequate, the book explores the mutual constructions of race and criminal justice. It examines the shortcomings of current discourse, giving an account of how race, criminal justice and criminology are interrelated.

Aiming to provide criminology with tools to engage with issues of race and criminal justice, the book develops and applies a set of rules to a series of case studies and proposes ideas for transforming institutional practice.