Criminal Justice-COAS | Cross-Cultural Studies
P670 | 1564 | Kane

In this course, we build the foundations of an emerging subfield of
criminal justice by integrating theories and methods from the
intersection of anthropology, cultural studies, sociology, history,
criminology and law. We will approach issues in crime and justice
through the lens of culture, defined as the ways in which people
create, transform, and give order and meaning to social life.

The course focuses on frameworks of interpretation, or how we come
to know what we know as scholars, social agents and citizens. In
tandem with learning general principles of cultural analysis, we
will read anthropological and sociological writings on crime as an
aspect of culture (ethnography) and culture as an aspect of crime
(cultural criminology). We will look for culture in the interfaces
between regional, national and global spaces through readings
spanning the Americas, the Middle East, Asia, and Africa.

Independent student projects will contribute knowledge about a
variety of other culture areas and campus disciplinary arenas.

Required Reading List:

Cintron, Ralph. 1997. Angel’s Town: Chero Ways, Gang Life, and
Rhetorics of the Everyday. Boston: Beacon.

Danesi, Marcel and Paul Perron. 1999. Analyzing Cultures: An
Introduction and Handbook. Bloomington: Indiana University Press.

Howe, Adrian, Ed. 1998. Sexed Crime in the News. Sydney, Australia:
The Federation Press.

Parnell, Phil and Stephanie Kane. 2003. Crime’s Power:
Anthropologists and the Ethnography of Crime. New York: Palgrave

Class Meeting:  5:45-8:15P, T, SY 146

Instructor:  Professor Stephanie Kane, criminal justice department