Valeria Vegh Weis. Marxism and Criminology: A History of Criminal Selectivity

AuthorWalter S DeKeseredy
Published date01 July 2019
Date01 July 2019
Subject MatterBook reviews
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hensive understanding of the multiple workings of the carceral, penal state in
Hawai‘i, and the capacity of indigenous knowledge to advance justice and recon-
ciliation for present and future generations on its islands while staging an example
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Valeria Vegh Weis. Marxism and Criminology: A History of Criminal Selectivity, Brill: Boston,
MA, 2017; 348 pp. (including index): 978–9004319554, $151 (cloth), $28 (pbk)
Many critical criminologists, particularly those who produced theories of crime
and its control in the...

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