Imagining Justice seeks to move away from normative thinking about justice, particularly in the area of justice education, suggesting that what is needed today is a way to think about the enterprise of justice that will capture its full potential. By providing an introduction to the intellectual potential of the field of justice, we can acknowledge that the field is wider than formerly recognized, and ultimately imagine the full richness that justice can encompass.

Key Features

  • Outstanding Book Award Winner of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences.
  • The author leads the reader on a fascinating excursion through the literatures of mainstream criminology and criminal justice, but more importantly he weaves into the discussion insights from anthropology, history, philosophy, organization studies, multiculturalism, feminism, and much more.

Table of Contents

1. The Commitment to Justice

2. Fields of Inquiry: The Intellectual Environment of Justice Studies

3. Justice Identity in Academia

4. Toward Justice Perspective: The Development of Theory in Justice Studies

5. The Methodologies of Justice

6. Race and Ethnicity: Understanding the New Order in the United States

7. Gender and the Emergence of Feminist Perspective

8. Ethics and Morality: The Power to Do Good; The Power to Bind and Divide

Conclusion: Toward Justice


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About the author

John Crank

John P. Crank is a Professor in School of Criminology and Criminal Justice at the University of Nebraska, Omaha. He received his M.A. in Sociology from the University of Arizona, his M.P.A. from the University of Illinois, and his Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Colorado. He has published in the area of police effectiveness, and in the areas of organizational culture and structure, focusing on the police and on parole and probation. He has also published on criminal justice theory and counter-terrorism and was the recipient of the Academy of Criminal Justice Science's Outstanding Book Award in 2004 for his book Imagining Justice (Anderson Publishing).