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Introduction: ‘Nothing about us without us’, a history and application for criminology
‘Nothing about us without us’ surmises a burgeoning movement in criminology that is about giving voice to diverse perspectives and a way of doing research. Primarily it refers to the importance of an approach to criminology that is inclusive of those voices that have historically been hushed, marginalised, silenced or ignored. It also refers to the need for researchers to work with state and grassroots practitioners, especially those who provide a conduit to peoples most impacted by social injustice and crime. This edited volume will explore the importance of diversity and inclusivity in criminological discourses and, consider how researchers might bridge the gap between theory and lived experience, and how the authenticity of the voices of those who have been silenced can be incorporated into a meaningful criminology. This introductory chapter will explore the conceptual history of ‘nothing about us without us’ before summarising some of the key themes explored in this volume.
Social injustice , Crime , Criminology , Marginalisation , Criminal justice policies , Lived experience
Ahmed, Y., Windle, J. and Lynch, O. (2021) 'Introduction: ‘Nothing about us without us’, a history and application for criminology', in: Giving Voice to Diversity in Criminological Research: ‘Nothing about Us without Us’, Bristol: Policy Press/Bristol University Press, pp. 3-17. isbn: 978-1529215526
This is a post-peer-review, pre-copy edited version of a chapter published in Giving Voice to Diversity in Criminological Research: ‘Nothing about Us without Us’, Details of the definitive published version and how to purchase it are available online at: https://bristoluniversitypress.co.uk/giving-voice-to-diversity-in-criminological-research