Crime, Justice, and Inequality: Oh Canada, Where Art Thou?


Since Canada’s colonial beginnings, it has become increasingly riddled with classism, racism, sexism, and other damaging outcomes of structured social inequality. In 2006, however, many types of social injustice were turbo-charged under the federal leadership of the Harper government. For example, a recent southern Ontario study shows that less than half of working people between the ages of 25 and 65 have full-time jobs with benefits. The main objective of this paper is to critique the dominant Canadian political economic order and the pain and suffering it has caused for millions of people. Informed by left realism and other progressive ways of knowing, I also suggest some ways of turning the tide.

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Published: 2013-11-01
Pages:15 to 26
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DeKeseredy, W. (2013) “Crime, Justice, and Inequality: Oh Canada, Where Art Thou?”, International Journal for Crime, Justice and Social Democracy, 2(3), pp. 15-26. doi: 10.5204/ijcjsd.v2i3.102.

Author Biography

Dr. Walter S. DeKeseredy is the co-recipient of UOIT's first Research Excellence Award, which was granted in the fall of 2007. Dr. DeKeseredy is also the co-recipient of the American Society of Criminology's Division on Women and Crime's 2004 Distinguished Scholar Award. In 1995, he was awarded the American Society of Criminology's Division on Critical Criminology's Critical Criminologist of the Year Award. He was awarded the 2008 Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Society of Criminology's Division on Critical Criminology.

Author or co-author of more than 70 scientific journal articles and more than 30 scholarly book chapters, Dr. DeKeseredy has authored or co-authored 15 books on topics such as:

  • Crime and poverty in public housing;
  • Woman abuse; and
  • Women in conflict with the law.

The Routledge Handbook of Critical Criminology, co-edited by Dr. DeKeseredy and Dr. Dragiewicz can be ordered on the website.

In addition to making numerous scholarly contributions to his field, Dr. DeKeseredy is frequently called upon to provide advice and guidance to government agencies such as the Centers for Disease Control and the United States Justice Department.