Paper Title

[3.3] Politics of Representation: Colonel Russell Williams

Location

IB 1020

Start Date

January 2020

End Date

January 2020

Disciplines

Criminology | Other Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies | Political Science | Politics and Social Change | Social Control, Law, Crime, and Deviance

Presentation Type

Presentation

Abstract

The study of Criminology has expanded into multiple different branches over the course of its development. It has become intertwined with various other disciplines, Political Science being one, to aid in the understanding of new developments and perspectives that are brought into society. As society has progressed, so too have the very different lenses through which we analyze and study crime and the circumstances in which it occurs. From these theories, we are able to draw conclusions and further explanations regarding the possible root causes of crime, aspects of the criminal mind, and underlying causes that can attribute to inequalities that are found between race, gender, and class when it comes to the treatment of the criminal(s) and even the victim(s). This paper addresses these inequalities by using Feminist Theory to further understand the root in which gender inequalities have embedded themselves within the criminal process, as well as other concepts that have been established and ingrained within our society to carry on these inequalities. To successfully address these concepts and issues, a real-life criminal case that occurred in Canada is used to properly understand the ways in which they are existent. As a part of this analysis, real news articles are used to examine the author’s language, the details they used, and the opinion they carry to conclude how gender inequality, race, and class have become so naturally prevalent within our society regardless of the severity of the crime.

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[3.3] Politics of Representation: Colonel Russell Williams

IB 1020

The study of Criminology has expanded into multiple different branches over the course of its development. It has become intertwined with various other disciplines, Political Science being one, to aid in the understanding of new developments and perspectives that are brought into society. As society has progressed, so too have the very different lenses through which we analyze and study crime and the circumstances in which it occurs. From these theories, we are able to draw conclusions and further explanations regarding the possible root causes of crime, aspects of the criminal mind, and underlying causes that can attribute to inequalities that are found between race, gender, and class when it comes to the treatment of the criminal(s) and even the victim(s). This paper addresses these inequalities by using Feminist Theory to further understand the root in which gender inequalities have embedded themselves within the criminal process, as well as other concepts that have been established and ingrained within our society to carry on these inequalities. To successfully address these concepts and issues, a real-life criminal case that occurred in Canada is used to properly understand the ways in which they are existent. As a part of this analysis, real news articles are used to examine the author’s language, the details they used, and the opinion they carry to conclude how gender inequality, race, and class have become so naturally prevalent within our society regardless of the severity of the crime.