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Creating Criminals

Distributed for University of British Columbia Press


Creating Criminals

Much critical scholarship has detailed the punitive effects of accusations that lead to criminalization. Less well documented is the founding role that accusation plays in creating potential criminals. In an attempt at redress, this collection foregrounds how ideas and rituals of accusation initiate criminalization processes. It offers various perspectives on the mechanisms by which legal persons come to be identified as suitable subjects for criminal justice arenas. By analyzing how criminal accusation operates in theoretical, historical, socio-legal, criminological, political, cultural, and procedural realms, this book launches an important new field of inquiry.

216 pages

Law and Society

Table of Contents

Introduction: Framing Criminal Accusation / George Pavlich and Matthew P. Unger

Part 1: Framing Accusation – Logic, Ritual, and Grammar

1 Apparatuses of Criminal Accusation / George Pavlich

2 Declining Accusation / Mark Antaki

Part 2: Genealogies, Colonial Legalities, and Criminal Accusations

3 Criminal Accusation as Colonial Rule: The Case of Gurdit Singh (1859–1954) / Renisa Mawani

4 Codification and the Colonies: Who’s Accusing Whom? / Keally McBride

Part 3: Criminal Accusation as Discourse – Subjectivization, Truth, Ethics

5 Guilty Without Accusation: Legal Passions and the Misinterpellation of Subjects in Althusser and Kafka / James Martel

6 Accusation in the Absence of Crisis: The Banality of Evil, Responsibility, and the Tragedy of Adjudication / Jennifer L. Culbert

7 The Forgetfulness of Accusation / Matthew P. Unger


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