Race, Ethnicity, and Crime: Alternate Perspectives

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PREFACE

Melting pot or tossed salad? The U.S. criminal justice system may prove to be fueling intolerance rather than enabling society to accommodate racial and ethnic differences. This fresh new textbook to balance theory and the real world, addressing topics relating to race, ethnicity, criminality and criminalization, looking at the criminal justice system, the media, the death penalty, as well as two other issues where minorities and public perception play such a big role—terrorism and human trafficking.

In addition to information on crime and incarceration rates, White-collar crime, and the “typical criminal,” the discussion of minorities and public perceptions is set within a broader context including related issues such as terrorism and human trafficking.

The manual is designed for junior colleges and four year colleges, including those offering distance-learning courses. It is a thoughtprovoking combination of facts and questions. The pedagogical focus is on collaborative, problem base-learning, with foundational support for the development of critical thinking and analytical skills as each “Controversy”/“In the News” feature is evaluated.

The author relies, as much as possible, on facts and figures here (deductive logic) rather than on sentiments, presenting a multifaceted argument on each topic. The ultimate goal is to encourage students to analyze and critique the information and formulate their own opinions.

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