Social Justice, Criminal Justice: The Role Of American Law In Effecting And Preventing Social Change by Cyndy Caravelis

Social Justice, Criminal Justice: The Role Of American Law In Effecting And Preventing Social Change

byCyndy Caravelis, Matthew RobinsonEditorCyndy Caravelis

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Social Justice, Criminal Justice is a thought-provoking examination of the U.S. legal system, focusing on how criminal justice and social justice are related. The book provides a solid foundation of key philosophical and theoretical issues and goes on to examine the function of the law as it relates to social justice issues. The authors present and explain the foundational legal documents of the United States, and critically examine how those same documents, which espoused the rhetoric of equality for all, contribute toward the perpetuation and maintenance of a system of exclusion for groups with minority status, such as racial and ethnic minorities, the poor, women, and the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender) community.

Succinct but comprehensive, this text offers a careful examination of possible relationships between social justice theory and criminal justice practice and illuminates the role that the legal system has played in both preventing and assisting social change and power dynamics. For each identified group, important landmark court decisions are used to demonstrate the plight of the powerless and the quest for equal rights. The book provides an important perspective and understanding of the relationships among criminal justice, social justice, and the law. Suitable for undergraduate and early graduate courses in Social Justice, Justice Studies, Critical Issues, Ethics, and American Government and Law, this text provides easily digestible content for those interested in thinking critically about the U.S. legal system.

About The Author

Cyndy Caravelisis an Associate Professor at Western Carolina University. Her current research interests include the relationship between social threat and social control, the effect of inequality on crime, theoretical criminology, and the death penalty. Her research on sentencing inequality has been published in journals such asJustice...

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Title:Social Justice, Criminal Justice: The Role Of American Law In Effecting And Preventing Social ChangeFormat:PaperbackDimensions:288 pages, 9.1 × 7.2 × 0.7 inPublished:December 22, 2015Publisher:Taylor and FrancisLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0323264514

ISBN - 13:9780323264518

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Table of Contents

1. What Are Justice and Social Justice? 2. What Do Americans Value? 3. The Criminal Justice System 4. Social Construction of Different Groups 5. Race, Ethnicity and Social Justice 6. Latinos and Social Justice 7. Native Americans and Social Justice 8. Social Class and the Law 9. Women and Social Justice 10. Sexuality and Social Justice 11. Summary and Prospects for the Future