Criminology is a multi-faceted field that uses 'crime' as its subject matter but has no single methodological commitment or paradigmatic theoretical framework. Criminological research, however, is often dominated by work from the US, Britain, and the Scandinavian countries that differ from the Canadian context in significant socio-political respects. The main objective of this session is to connect and discuss research that advances our understanding of crime and criminal behaviour in Canada as well as criminological theory more broadly. First, this session asks what is distinctive about Canadian criminology and in what ways can Canadian researchers advance criminological theories. Second, this session questions what lessons can be learned from these theoretical advancements, and how these lessons can help us chart the future of criminal justice and criminology in Canada.
Organizers: Timothy Kang, University of Toronto, Daniel Kudla, University of Guelph