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Classic Writings in Anarchist Criminology

Classic Writings in Anarchist Criminology

A Historical Dismantling of Punishment and Domination

Anthony J. Nocella II (editor), Mark Seis (editor), Jeff Shantz (editor)


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  • Publisher: AK PRESS
  • Format: Book
  • Binding: paperback
  • Pages: 324
  • Released: Apr 16, 2019
  • ISBN-13: 9781849353540

Published by AK Press


“A rich and provocative collection of writings that contribute to current abolitionist movements.” —Jason Del Gandio, co-editor of Spontaneous Combustion: The Eros Effect and Global Revolution

“A must-read book for those who know the criminal justice system is broken, and wants effective solutions. This collection lays out the theoretical foundation for scholars, politicians, practitioners, and activists to create sound solutions. This collection lays out the theoretical foundation ... to create sound solutions, sure to challenge the failing criminal justice system." —Amber E. George, Columbia Southern University

“An outstanding collection of essays written by some of the most intelligent and influential anarchists that ... continue to burn with a ferocious intensity.” —Richard J. White, Sheffield Hallam University, UK

In recent years, social movements like Idle No More and Black Lives Matter have been redefining ideas of justice by exposing the social roots of crime and demanding the abolition of prisons and policing. This book provides a historical complement to such efforts, and informs the field of Critical Criminology. Anarchists like William Godwin, Peter Kropotkin, Lucy Parsons, and Emma Goldman were among the earliest modern thinkers to critique criminal justice and professional criminology. They identified the sources of social problems within structures of inequality and recognized how mainstream criminologists’ would-be solutions to social problems were themselves the causes or enablers of crime.

Anthony J. Nocella II is an Assistant Professor of sociology and criminology at Fort Lewis College.

Mark Seis is Associate Professor of sociology at Fort Lewis College.

Jeff Shantz is an activist and scholar who teaches in the Department of Criminology at Kwantlen Polytechnic University.

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