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Contemporary Anarchist Criminology


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Table of Contents

Luis A. Fernandez: Foreword - Acknowledgements - Anthony J. Nocella II/Mark Seis/Jeff Shantz: Introduction: The Rise of Anarchist Criminology - Jeff Ferrell: Against the Law: Anarchist Criminology - Harold E. Pepinsky: Communist Anarchism as an Alternative to the Rule of Criminal - Jeff Shantz: Lombroso and the Anarchists: Anarchism in the Formation of Criminology - Colleen Hackett/Ben Turk: "Freedom First": Pursuing Abolition Through Supporting Prisoner Resistance - Laura Magnani: From Prison Abolition to Transformative Justice - Mark Seis: An Anarchist Criminology for Understanding Environmental Degradation - Reverend David "Wolf Eyes" Rose, Sr.: The Staff of Chronos - Maurice L. Graham: Actual Connections to Slavery in the Prison System - Sean Swain: On Crime and Deviance - Contributors - Index.

About the Author

Anthony J. Nocella II, Ph.D., is Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice and Criminology in the Institute for Public Safety at Salt Lake Community College. He has published over fifty peer-reviewed book chapters or articles and over forty books.

Mark Seis, Ph.D., is Associate Professor of Sociology at Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado. He has published on a variety of topics ranging from the juvenile death penalty to environmental policy.

Jeff Shantz, Ph.D., currently teaches critical theory, elite deviance, and community organizing in the Department of Criminology at Kwantlen Polytechnic University in Metro Vancouver, Canada.


"Contemporary Anarchist Criminology is a brilliant, insightful, and uncompromising collection, which both empowers and inspires the reader in equal measure. First, by provoking an urgently needed critical reading of the deep and inherent failings of orthodox judicial systems to come to the fore. Second, through advancing a range of persuasive arguments for anarchist criminologies to underpin new visions, and animate new ways-of-beings, in order to usher in new forms of social justice into the world. Crucially, these radical expressions of social justice, rooted as many are in intersectional resistance movements, and steeped in a politics of total liberation, are always in existence far removed from the twin tyrannies of capital and state. In short, this book makes a powerful and timely intervention into the existing literature, and deserves to be read widely."-Richard J. White, Reader in Human Geography, Sheffield Hallam University, United Kingdom
"We live in increasingly illiberal times. According to the CIVICUS 'State of Civil Society Report' for 2017, only 3% of the world's people live in nation-states where civic space is fully open. There is a need to look for alternative intellectual and institutional models that will increase the space for broader public engagement, allowing for the attainment of greater social justice. Contemporary Anarchist Criminology contributes significantly to this search, introducing readers to a range of voices, ideas, and arguments, many of them with a long lineage, and yet seldom heard within the mainstream of conventional wisdom regarding our criminal justice system. The introductory chapter by the editors, plus the nine chapters by various contributors, including present-day prisoners, offer a compelling critique of current ideologies, policies, and practices, while furnishing humane and doable paths for action."-A. Peter Castro, Associate Professor of Anthropology and Robert D. McClure Professor of Teaching Excellence, Maxwell School for Citizenship and Public Affairs, Syracuse University
"The editors and authors in Contemporary Anarchist Criminology are unwavering in their fearlessness to throw bold punches at authority and convention. Where many may not understand, their approaches and position deserve careful consideration in these most uncertain times."-David Stovall, Professor of African-American Studies and Educational Policy Studies, University of Illinois at Chicago
"A straightforward short important text to begin the movement for anarchist criminology. This text does not strive to discuss every issue that could be possibly discussed, but rather says here is the first book on the topic; now everyone go out and write and organize."-Green Theory and Praxis Journal
"Finally, the first book on anarchist criminology!! What took so long. Now can we have prison abolition? A must read for anyone that cares about people."-Editorial Board, Poetry Behind the Walls
"A must-read book for those who know the criminal justice system is broken, and want a solution. The editors and contributors present an anarchist theory of criminology, sure to challenge the failings of the criminal justice system for decades to come."-Amber E. George, Editor, Journal for Critical Animal Studies
"This book is a much-needed defense of the work we do nationally in ending the incarceration of all youth and promoting transformative justice."-Madelynne Kinoshita, Save the Kids

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