Whose voices are prioritised in criminology, and why does it matter?

Stockdale, Kelly and Sweeney, Rowan (2022) Whose voices are prioritised in criminology, and why does it matter? Race and Justice. ISSN 2153-3687 (In Press)

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This paper presents in-depth research into the reading lists used by a new criminology Bachelor of Arts degree programme at a post-92 English University. Previous research into structural inequalities in relation to race, ethnicity, and gender that exist within academia in relation to scholarly outlets, and that have focussed on scholarly influence, have charted the most cited or most significant texts in the field or explored gender and race discrepancies within elements of the publication process. In this paper we explore how scholarly work is included in our teaching practice and the impact reading lists have on the student experience of criminology. We highlight a distinct lack of representation and diversity within the authorship of texts in the context of both core and recommended reading for students. We found reading lists to be overwhelmingly white and male. Work by women and people of colour only tended to feature on distinct modules which focussed on gender or ethnicity, race, and crime. Voices from the global majority are excluded from fundamental concepts and criminological theory modules. This paper will discuss our research findings in depth, highlighting where Black and female voices are neglected, marginalised, and excluded in the criminology curriculum.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: criminology curriculum, race, gender, intersectionality, pedagogy
Subjects: L300 Sociology
M200 Law by Topic
Department: Faculties > Arts, Design and Social Sciences > Social Sciences
Depositing User: Elena Carlaw
Date Deposited: 09 May 2022 10:51
Last Modified: 26 May 2022 11:15
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/49068

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