‘A Community Gets the Delinquents It Deserves’: Crime Mapping, Race and the Juvenile Court

‘A Community Gets the Delinquents It Deserves’: Crime Mapping, Race and the Juvenile Court AbstractProlific use of crime mapping has led to critical inquiry as to the power and impact of mapping on criminology, public policy, and understandings of crime and violence more generally. Despite the proliferation of maps, few critical inquiries into the power of crime maps exist. Drawing on the historical emergence of crime mapping in one urban juvenile court, this article shows how maps hid and obscured existing power relations based on race and class. Instead of undoing the power of scientific racism in the juvenile court, the emergence of mapping rationalized and normalized the imagined geography of delinquency contained within eugenic philosophies of delinquency. These two eras are joined by a single epistemological cartography of delinquency that continues to pervade the court. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The British Journal of Criminology Oxford University Press

‘A Community Gets the Delinquents It Deserves’: Crime Mapping, Race and the Juvenile Court

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Oxford University Press
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© The Author 2016. Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of the Centre for Crime and Justice Studies (ISTD). All rights reserved. For permissions, please e-mail: journals.permissions@oup.com
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0007-0955
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1464-3529
D.O.I.
10.1093/bjc/azw076
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Abstract

AbstractProlific use of crime mapping has led to critical inquiry as to the power and impact of mapping on criminology, public policy, and understandings of crime and violence more generally. Despite the proliferation of maps, few critical inquiries into the power of crime maps exist. Drawing on the historical emergence of crime mapping in one urban juvenile court, this article shows how maps hid and obscured existing power relations based on race and class. Instead of undoing the power of scientific racism in the juvenile court, the emergence of mapping rationalized and normalized the imagined geography of delinquency contained within eugenic philosophies of delinquency. These two eras are joined by a single epistemological cartography of delinquency that continues to pervade the court.

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The British Journal of CriminologyOxford University Press

Published: Sep 1, 2017

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