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category: Social Science
published: Nov 2016
publisher: UBC Press


Creating Criminals

edited by George Pavlich & Matthew P. Unger

tagged: criminology, legal writing

Much critical scholarship has detailed the punitive effects of accusations that lead to criminalization. Less well documented is the founding role that accusation plays in creating potential criminals. In an attempt at redress, this collection foregrounds how ideas and rituals of accusation initiate criminalization processes. It offers various perspectives on the mechanisms by which legal persons come to be identified as suitable subjects for criminal justice arenas. By analyzing how criminal accusation operates in theoretical, historical, socio-legal, criminological, political, cultural, and procedural realms, this book launches an important new field of inquiry.

About the Authors

George Pavlich

Matthew P. Unger

Contributor Notes

George Pavlich is Canada Research Chair in Social Theory, Culture, and Law and a professor of law and sociology at the University of Alberta. Matthew P. Unger is an assistant professor in sociology and anthropology at Concordia University.


Contributors: Mark Antaki, Jennifer L. Culbert, James Martel, Renisa Mawani, Keally McBride

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