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Marginality and Condemnation, 3rd Edition

A Critical Introduction to Criminology

edited by Carolyn Brooks and Bernard Schissel  

A newly updated version of this groundbreaking, critical introductory criminology textbook. Resources available with this edition include Power Point slides and a testbank.

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  • May 2015
  • ISBN: 9781552667347
  • 442 pages
  • $78.00
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  • PDF December 2021
  • ISBN: 9781773635248
  • $77.99
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**Includes test bank and PowerPoint slides for professors who have adopted the text in their course. Contact examrequest@fernpub.ca for more information. **

This well-received criminology textbook, now in its third edition, argues that crime must be understood as both a social and a political phenomenon. Using this lens, Marginality and Condemnation contends that what is defined as criminal, how we respond to “crime” and why individuals behave in anti-social ways are often the result of individual and systemic social inequalities and disparities in power.

Beginning with an overview of criminological discourse, mainstream approaches and new directions in criminological theory, the book is then divided into sections, based on key social inequalities of class, gender, race and age, each of which begins with an outline of the general issues for understanding crime and an introduction that guides readers through the empirical chapters that follow. The studies provide insights into general issues in criminology, ranging from the historical and current nature of crime and criminal justice to the various responses to criminality. Readers are encouraged and challenged to understand crime and justice through concrete analyses rather than abstract argumentation.

In addition to a new introductory chapter that confronts how we define crime, measure crime, and understand and use criminology in this millennium, the third edition provides new chapters examining crime in relation to the environment, terrorism, masculinity, children and youth, and Aboriginal gangs and the legacy of colonialism.

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Carolyn Brooks

Carolyn Brooks is an assistant professor of sociology at the University of Saskatchewan. Her research and publications focus on youth resilience, the politics of punishment, violence, and visual and community based participatory research methods.

Bernard Schissel

Bernard Schissel is a professor in and head of the Doctor of Social Sciences Program, Faculty of Applied and Social Sciences, Royal Roads University. He is co-editor of the first edition of Marginality and Condemnation. His research focuses on the marginal position that children and youth occupy in western democracies and how such institutions as law, education, medicine, the political economy and the military exploit children and youth in very subtle, politically acceptable and publicly endorsed ways. His most recent books are Still Blaming Children and The Legacy of School for Aboriginal People (with Terry Wotherspoon) and Marginality and Condemnation: An Introduction to Critical Criminology (with Carolyn Brooks).

He works and writes extensively in the areas of youth crime and justice, the sociology of children and youth.


  • Crime, Criminology, and Justice: Introducing Critical Criminology (Bernard Schissel and Carolyn Brooks)
  • SECTION 1: THEORIZING CRIME, Introduction (Carolyn Brooks and Bernard Schissel)
  • Orthodox Criminology: The Limits of Consensus Theories of Crime (Bernard Schissel)
  • Pluralist Theories in Criminology (Lauren Eisler)
  • Critical Approaches in Criminology: Social, Political and Economic Equity (Carolyn Brooks)
  • The Sex Question in Criminology (Elizabeth Comack)
  • Applying Criminological Theory to Contemporary “Crime” Issues (Carolyn Brooks and Bernard Schissel)
  • SECTION 2: CLASS AND CRIME, Introduction (Bernard Schissel and Carolyn Brooks)
  • Welfare Fraudsters and Tax Evaders: The State’s Selective Criminality (Janet Mosher)
  • Environmental Crime as Corporate Crime (Wei Wang and Hongming Cheng)
  • Imprisonment: Penal Excess and Economic Inequality (Carolyn Brooks)
  • SECTION 3: RACE AND CRIME Introduction (Carolyn Brooks and Bernard Schissel)
  • “You Really Have to Look at Poverty”: Colonialism, Resistance, and Aboriginal Street Gangs (Elizabeth Comack, Lawrence Deane, Larry Morrissette, and Jim Silver)
  • Criminalizing Race: Understanding the Race-Crime Problem in Canada (Wendy Chan)
  • Terrorism: Crime or War? (Robert Diab)
  • SECTION 4: GENDER AND CRIME, Introduction (Bernard Schissel and Carolyn Brooks)
  • The Social Construction of “Dangerous” Girls and Women (Karlene Faith and Yasmin Jiwani)
  • Criminalized Women: Incarceration and Federal Prison Reform (Carolyn Brooks)
  • Men, Masculinity, and Crime (Deborah H. Drake and Rod Earle)
  • SECTION 5: YOUTH AND CRIME, Introduction, (Carolyn Brooks and Bernard Schissel)
  • Ten Years After: A Criminal Justice History of Children and Youth in Canada Taking Stock in the YCJA Era (Shahid Alvi)
  • Canadian Youth Violence (Joanne Minaker and Bryan Hogeveen)
  • A Letter from Saskatoon Youth Court (Kearney Healey)
  • References


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