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Social Science Criminology

Disability Injustice

Confronting Criminalization in Canada

edited by Kelly Fritsch, Jeffrey Monaghan & Emily van der Meulen

UBC Press
Initial publish date
Feb 2022
Criminology, General, People with Disabilities
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Ableism is embedded in Canadian criminal justice institutions, policies, and practices, making incarceration and institutionalization dangerous – even deadly – for disabled people. Disability Injustice examines disability in contexts that include policing and surveillance, sentencing and the courts, prisons and alternatives to confinement. The contributors confront challenging topics such as the pathologizing of difference as deviance; eugenics and crime control; criminalization based on biased physical and mental health approaches; and the role of disability justice activism in contesting discrimination. This provocative collection highlights how, with deeper understanding of disability, we can challenge the practices of crime control and the processes of criminalization.

About the authors

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Jeffrey Monaghan is an Assistant Professor at the Institute of Criminology and Criminal Justice, Carleton University. His research examines practices of security governance, policing, and surveillance.


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Emily van der Meulen is an associate professor in the Department of Criminology at Ryerson University. Her co-edited books include Red Light Labour: Sex Work Regulation, Agency, and Resistance and Expanding the Gaze: Gender and the Politics of Surveillance.


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