Survivor Criminology: A Radical Act of Hope is a trauma-informed approach to the study of crime and justice that stems from the lived experiences of crime survivors. The chapters within this volume explore our authors’ who have each had close personal encounters with violence and death, as well as institutionalized oppressions based on racism, heterosexism, sexism, and poverty. As scholars, professors, practitioners, and students in the field, these lived experiences with crime and criminal justice have shaped their research, teaching, and advocacy work. Their voices represent experiences that are intersectional, mult-igenerational, global, trauma-informed and resiliency focused. They are deliberately and decidedly anti-racist, and their experiences acknowledge the harm that has resulted from institutionalized and structural trauma. Most importantly, their stories are grounded in their lived experiences.
This volume offers survivor criminology as a radical act of hope. Our hope comes from the belief that a trauma-centered approach to crime, justice, and healing provides the opportunity for criminology to expand its theoretical and methodological roots. We see this work as transformative for the discipline - for students, scholars, members of the community, and policy-makers.
Kimberly J. Cook is professor of Sociology and Criminology at the University of North Carolina, Wilmington.
Reneè D. Lamphere is associate professor of Sociology and Criminal Justice at University of North Carolina, Pembroke.
Jason M. Williams is associate professor of Justice Studies at Montclair State University.
Stacy L. Mallicoat is professor of Criminal Justice in the Division of Politics, Administration and Justice at California State University, Fullerton.
Alissa R. Ackerman is associate professor of Criminal Justice in the Division of Politics, Administration and Justice at California State University, Fullerton.
Foreword by Elizabeth A. Stanko
Introduction: A Call for Survivor Criminology by Kimberly J. Cook, Reneè D. Lamphere, Jason M. Williams, Stacy L. Mallicoat, and Alissa R. Ackerman
Chapter 1: Balancing the Dual Roles of Sex Crimes Researcher and Rape Survivor: A Collaborative Autoethnography of Survivor Scholars by Alexa D. Sardina and Alissa R. Ackerman
Chapter 2: No More Whispers in Secret: My Journey to Navigating Trauma in Academia by Reneè D. Lamphere
Chapter 3: I Am Not Supposed to be Here: Surviving Poverty and Anti-Blackness in Criminology and Academia by Jason M. Williams
Chapter 4: From Battered Woman to Professor: A Personal Reflection by Kimberly J. Cook
Chapter 5: From East New York to the Ivy Tower: How Structural Violence and Gang Membership Made Me a Critical Scholar by Jennifer Ortiz
Chapter 6: Navigating Survival: Contemplating Adversity and Resilience in Academia by Monishia Miller
Chapter 7: Surviving Death by Incarceration: Life Without Parole (LWOP) by Steven Green
Chapter 8: Growing as an Intersectional Scholar Means Rejecting Misogynoir: Unlearning as an Act of Survival by Toniqua C. Mikell
Chapter 9: When Did Black Lives Ever Matter by Babette J. Boyd
Chapter 10: Survivor Methodology for Healing and Transformation: A Love Letter to Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse by Lauren J. Silver
Chapter 11: Survivor Criminology as a Scholar/Activist in the #MeToo Movement and #MeToo Activism by Meredith G. F. Worthen
Chapter 12: Intersectional Biases in the Rural Courtroom by Stacy Parks Miller
Chapter 13: From Trauma to Healing: Aboriginal-Led Solutions for First-Nations Justice Involved Communities in Australia by Carly Stanley and Keenan Mundine
Conclusion: Survivor Criminology: Looking Forward by Kimberly J. Cook, Reneè D. Lamphere, Jason M. Williams, Stacy L. Mallicoat, and Alissa R. Ackerman
Book blurbs often include hyperbole such as "ground-breaking" and extoll the contribution as unique and important--Survivor Criminology: A Radical Act of Hope actually delivers on that promise. This astonishing and poignant compilation challenges the status quo in a manner that is long overdue, and that will have criminologists talking for years to come.
This ground-breaking anthology pushes the critical criminological envelope and sensitizes us to the fact that our colleagues’ lived experiences are vital research methods, theoretical perspectives, and pedagogical tools. The stories featured in each chapter are inspirational and will influence a new generation of progressive scholars to avoid walking down the well-worn path of abstract empiricism. The editors and authors are to be celebrated for their courage, dedication, and for inviting us to join them in their storming of the orthodox criminological Bastille.
This must-read volume does a masterful job of breaking the silence regarding the lived experiences of sexual violence, trauma, anti-blackness and other abuses of so many criminologists and social scientists. As Stanko notes, 'speaking about my own experiences felt too intrusive.' Decades later, I still have not spoken publicly about my own. Layered on our personal experiences is that abuse we get by a shocking number of rape and rapist apologists just for studying the topic of violence against women. To be honest, there have been times I’ve felt that nothing has changed. This volume shows me that I’m wrong about that. There is hope. Times are changing, silence is breaking and we are not alone in our lived experiences. Kudos to all the authors in this volume who are speaking up and making needed change.
This book challenges criminology to become a more humanistic and self-critical discipline. Drawing from intersectional feminism, the authors courageously document their experiences of violence, institutional discrimination, and broader social inequalities. Survivor Criminology is a hopeful book that will speak to students who bear their own scars of violence and injustice.
Survivor Criminology is the book that we as a society and a discipline need! It is filled with information that allows the reader to understand victimization but more importantly how people survive and go on to change the world!
Survivor Criminology challenges the presumptive objectivity of social science research, adding a welcome experiential component to theory, methods and practice. The contributors in this book provide lively and engaging reflections on how their personal experiences of victimization, their identity, and their social locations interact with canonical criminological themes. The result is a more holistic understanding of some of the most pressing issues confronting our society in addition to a roadmap of how resilience and insight contribute to the journey toward justice.
Survivor Criminology: A Radical Act of Hope is a beautifully collected anthology of narratives that speak of courage and resilience in the face of trauma and the call for a new approach to victims and victimization in the field of criminology- Survivor Criminology. The editors accomplished something incredible in creating the foundation for a much-needed shift in our discipline. The breadth and depth of experiences and the collective path navigating pain and recovery is palpable. Chapter 1, and the raw emotion in the words recounting sexual assault and the heart-wrenching aftermath, set the stage for the remaining chapters. The brave retelling of domestic violence, rape and trauma, the continued exposure to the systemic and pervasive racism, coupled with the bigoted gatekeeping of academia is brought full circle with a feeling of hope and optimism for the future of victimology and a sorely needed respect and honoring of survivors, in all their many forms- victims and perpetrators. This edited volume is a must read for all, whether student, academic, practitioner, and/or survivor and anyone interested in poignant journeys of trauma, healing, and hope.