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Criminologies of the global south: critical reflections

Carrington, Kerry; Dixon, Bill; Fonseca, David; Rodríguez Goyes, David; Liu, Jianhong; Zysman, Diego


Kerry Carrington

David Fonseca

David Rodríguez Goyes

Jianhong Liu

Diego Zysman


This article attempts an ambitious undertaking by scholars collaborating from far flung parts of the globe to redefine the geographic and conceptual limits of critical criminology. We attempt to scope, albeit briefly, the various contributions to criminology (not all of it critical) from Argentina, Asia, Brazil, Columbia and South Africa, in alphabetical order. Our aim is not to criticize the significant contributions to critical criminology by scholars from the Global North, but to southernize critical criminology—to extend its gaze and horizons beyond the North Atlantic world. The democratization, decolonization and globalization of knowledge is a profoundly important project in an unequal and divided world where knowledge systems have been dominated by Anglophone countries of the Global North (Ball, this issue; Connell, 2007). Southernizing fields of knowledge represents an important step in the journey toward cognitive justice as imagined by de Sousa Santos (2014). While we can make only a very small contribution from a selected number of countries from the Global South, it is our hope that others may be inspired to join the journey, fill in the gaps, and bridge global divides.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date 2019-03
Journal Critical Criminology
Print ISSN 1205-8629
Electronic ISSN 1572-9877
Publisher Springer Verlag
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 27
Issue 1
Pages 163–189
APA6 Citation Carrington, K., Dixon, B., Fonseca, D., Rodríguez Goyes, D., Liu, J., & Zysman, D. (2019). Criminologies of the global south: critical reflections. Critical Criminology, 27(1), 163–189.
Keywords Cognitive justice; Criminological theory; Decolonization of knowledge; Southern criminology
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