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Ronald C. Kramer

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Resisting the Bombing of Civilians: Challenges from a Public Criminology of State Crime

This article argues that a public criminology of state crime can make an important contribution to the effort to resist the bombing of civilians and protect noncombatants from harm. The author analyzes how a public criminology can challenge the bombing of civilians and contribute to the public discourse about how to resist this form of state crime. It can challenge the denial and normalization of the aerial bombardment of civilians, as well as the political and legal immunity of the state officials who commit these war crimes. It can also challenge empire, one of the primary structural contexts within which state criminality occurs.

public criminology, resistance, state crime, war crimes, impunity, empire

Citation: Social Justice Vol. 36, No.3 (2009): 78-97

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