Notes on Gender, Race and Punishment From a Decolonial Perspective to a Southern Criminology Agenda


The purpose of this article is to investigate how decolonial studies can contribute to an agenda of southern criminology and in particular, but not exclusively, to our research on gender and gender violence. To do so, the path chosen was to first present the common lines between these ways of theorising. Then, the entanglements of race and capitalism and of race and gender in the decolonial perspective are presented. With this done, it is possible to think about how decoloniality and punishment are related and to, from then on, think of a decolonial agenda for criminology that involves taking the colonial hypothesis seriously and always thinking and seeking to listen, read and research the ways of resistance from those dehumanised by the criminal justice system.

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Published: 2021-12-01
Pages:90 to 101
Section:Special Issue: Policing and Preventing Gender Violence in the Global South
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Magalhães Gomes, C. . (2021) “Notes on Gender, Race and Punishment From a Decolonial Perspective to a Southern Criminology Agenda”, International Journal for Crime, Justice and Social Democracy, 10(4), pp. 90-101. doi: 10.5204/ijcjsd.2084.

Author Biography

Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro

Camilla de Magalhães Gomes is a Professor of Criminal Law and Criminology at the Faculdade Nacional de Direito in the Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro - FND/UFRJ. PhD in Law, State and Constitution from the Universidade de Brasília. She was Associate Professor at the PPG Masters and Doctorate in Law at the Centro Universitário de Brasília-UniCeub. She was also Professor of Criminal Law, Criminology, Criminal Procedural Law and Legal Institutions at UniCEUB, Coordinator and Extension Professor at PROVID- Domestic Violence Extension Project at UniCEUB. The Professor performs research in the areas of Philosophy of Law, Fundamental Rights, Gender and Law, Decoloniality, Race, Criminal Law, Criminology, Maria da Penha Law and Human Rights.