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Ferguson Syllabus

We encourage all concerned about the injustices and inequities made evident by the recent events in Ferguson to join us as we dig deeper into understanding the multiplicity of factors that contribute to the criminalization and marginalization of black and brown communities. The following is a collection of research articles used to inform the arguments in the public statement on the events in Ferguson. [Thanks for all the tweets! Please use the #socforjustice and #FergusonSyllabus hashtags when tweeting the syllabus.]

  1. Rios, Victor M. 2012. “Stealing a Bag of Potato Chips and Other Crimes of Resistance.” Contexts 11(1):48-53. Available online: http://www.broomcenter.ucsb.edu/files/publications/pdf/rios1.pdf
  2. Rios, Victor M. 2006. “The Hyper-criminalization of Black and Latino Male Youth in the Era of Mass Incarceration.” Souls 8 (2): 40-54. Available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/10999940600680457
  3. Gerke, Markus. “Want to Help Marginalized Students in Schools? Stop “Stop and Frisk” and Other Punitive Practices, Too.” From SocImages. Available online http://thesocietypages.org/sociologylens/2013/11/07/want-to-help-marginalized-students-improve-in-schools-stop-stop-and-frisk-and-other-punitive-practices-too/
  4. Robinson, Amanda L., and Meghan S. Chandek. 2000. “Differential Police Response to Black Battered Women.” Women & Criminal Justice 12(2-3):29-61.
  5. Epp, Charles, Steven Maynard-Moody & Donald Haider-Markel. 2014. Pulled Over: How Police Stops Define Race and Citizenship. Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press.
  6. Warren, Patricia Y. 2010. “The Continuing Significance of Race: An Analysis Across Two Levels of Policing.” Social Science Quarterly 91(4):1025-1042. Available online: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B8eBQGZrG7BFYVZ2Zlpzb1IxWVU/edit?usp=sharing
  7. Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity. 2014. “State of the Science: Implicit Bias Review.” Available online: http://kirwaninstitute.osu.edu/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/2014-implicit-bias.pdf.
  8. Mansbridge, Jane J. and Aldon Morris, eds. 2001. Oppositional Consciousness: The Subjective Roots of Social Protest. Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press.

Additional Readings

The following is a list of additional recommended readings submitted by sociologists.

Alexander, Michelle. 2010. The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness. New York: New Press.

Barnett, Ida Wells B. 2002. On Lynchings. Amherst, NY: Humanity Books.

Correll, Joshua, Bernadette Park, Charles Judd, and Bernd Wittenbrink. 2002. The Police Officer’s Dilemma: Using Ethnicity to Disambiguate Potentially Threatening Individuals (PDF). Journal of Personality and Social Psychology 83(6):1314-1329.

Ferguson, Ann. 2001. Bad Boys: Public Schools in the Making of Black Masculinity. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press. (Especially chapter 4: Naughty by Nature. Google link: http://books.google.com/books/about/Bad_Boys.html?id=3YMDorLC-cQC)

Linnemann, T., Wall, T., & Green, E. 2014. The Walking Dead and Killing State: Zombification and the Normalization of Police Violence. Theoretical Criminology, 1362480614529455. http://tcr.sagepub.com/content/early/2014/04/04/1362480614529455.abstract

Martinot, Steve. 2014. On the Epidemic of Police Killings. Social Justice 39(4):52-75.

Richie, Beth E. 2012. Arrested Justice: Black Women, Violence, and America’s Prison Nation. New York University Press. http://www.amazon.com/Arrested-Justice-Violence-Americas-Prison/dp/081477623X

Wall, T., & Linnemann, T. 2014. Staring Down the State: Police Power, Visual Economies, and the “War on Cameras.” Crime, Media, Culture, 1741659014531424. http://cmc.sagepub.com/content/early/2014/04/28/1741659014531424.abstract

Wood, Lesley J. 2014. Crisis and Control: The Militarization of Protest Policing. Toronto, ON: Between the Lines.

*If you would like to suggest an article or book, please submit the complete citation in ASA style with appropriate links.

 Judy Lubin, PhD, MPH


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  2. Some really good work there. I’d like to draw a link between state and civil society racist intolerance and the use of force, especially in the wake of the race implications of state-by-state ‘stand your ground’ laws. I’ve been working on this from both ends of the scale – police armed response: Shooting to Kill: Firearms, Policing and Armed Response (Wiley/Blackwell: 2010) and Gun Crime in Global Contexts (Routledge, 2014). Regards, Peter Squires


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