"Law Never Here": A Social History of African American Responses to Issues of Crime and Justice

by Frankie Y. Bailey, Alice P. Green

Published: April 1999
Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group, Incorporated
Pages: 264
Hardcover
ISBN: 9780275953034

       

Overview of "Law Never Here": A Social History of African American Responses to Issues of Crime and Justice

Shared racial and cultural experiences and the collective memory of those experiences play important roles in determining the responses of African Americans to issues of crime and violence. By examining American history through the prism of African American experience, this volume provides a framework for understanding contemporary issues regarding crime and justice, including the much-discussed gap between how blacks and whites perceive the fairness of the criminal justice system. Following a thesis offered by W.E.B. Du Bois with regard to African American responses to oppression, the authors argue that responses by African Americans to issues of crime and justice have taken three main forms--resistance, accommodation, and self-determination. These responses are related to efforts by African Americans to carve out social and psychological space for themselves and to find their place in America.

Synopsis of "Law Never Here": A Social History of African American Responses to Issues of Crime and Justice

Examines African American responses to issues of crime and justice from the colonial era to the present.

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Explores the irony of Law as omnipresent (as restrictions and punishments) and all too often absent (as justice and equity) with a focus upon how African Americans during their history in this country have responded to issues of crime and justice. Treating race, class, and gender as social constructs that acquire their meaning in the context of human interaction, the 14 chapters discuss how African Americans perceive American society and themselves, and by extension, the interaction between race and crime. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknew.com)

About the Author, Frankie Y. Bailey

FRANKIE Y. BAILEY is Associate Professor in the School of Criminal Justice, State University of New York at Albany.

ALICE P. GREEN is the founder and Executive Director of the Center for Law and Justice, a community-based organization that serves as a clearinghouse for information on legal and criminal justice systems for members of low-income communities and those of color.

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Explores the irony of Law as omnipresent (as restrictions and punishments) and all too often absent (as justice and equity) with a focus upon how African Americans during their history in this country have responded to issues of crime and justice. Treating race, class, and gender as social constructs that acquire their meaning in the context of human interaction, the 14 chapters discuss how African Americans perceive American society and themselves, and by extension, the interaction between race and crime. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknew.com)

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