AbstractCritical criminology represents a plurality of subfields and political locations that address various forms of harm, violence, and injustices associated with powerful actors and institutions. Often referenced as a coherent subfield, these criminologies exist in a perpetual state of divergence and convergence, advancing novel and reconfigured lines of inquiry to examine specific and iterative systems of power and inequality. Whereas the crime and justice research community writ large has negotiated a diversification of theories, methods, and paradigms, there is much to both celebrate and critique about the current state of the criminological and criminal justice (CCJ) research enterprise. As part of the shared project of centering the margins, this paper outlines select opportunities and obstacles inherent in proposing a Latino Criminology. Far from a parochial or insular reflection, a Latino Criminology offers a research platform with urgent and translatable applications to policy, practices, and everyday people in the United States. Compatible with both orthodox and radical perspectives in criminology and criminal justice scholarship, a proposed Latino Criminology centers the margins by articulating areas of intervention for scholars, practitioners, and activists seeking to mitigate or confront state violence, interpersonal harms, and racialized social control.
SubjectsLatino criminology, Race and crime, Latino studies
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