Silence of the Left: Reflections on Critical Criminology and Criminologists
Kenneth D. Tunnell makes the case that critical criminology and critical criminologists are valuable resources for enlightening the general public and political officials about crime and justice-related issues. Although their work is central in the contemporary U.S. to innovative, humanistic interpretations of crime and justice, critical criminologists have little access to politicians or the media, and hence, to the general public. In the U.S., academics as a whole, and particularly those on the Left, have historically had a minimal public voice and remain outside public policy debates. The author explores the academic and social-structural constraints that account for this inaccessibility.
criminology; left, the; academia; social policy
Citation: Social Justice Vol. 22, No. 1 (1995): 89-101