Committing Sociology to Understand Police Violence: Or a theory of how ships get into bottles

The killings of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and George Floyd has given rise to global protests and open discussion about anti-Black violence. It has forced Canada to finally come to terms with its own problem of anti-Black racism that has existed for centuries.

In his recent op-ed, Dr. Tamari Kitossa calls us to activate the Sociological Imagination while applying “rational theory to explain the irrationality of the police, politicians, and economic elites.”

Dr. Tamari Kitossa is a Associate Professor of Sociology at Brock University.  Dr. Kitossa’s interests include convergences of race, racism and criminalization (e.g., anti-blackness, anti-criminology, prison abolition, racial profiling, sociology of knowledge and interracial unions). 

The Race and Ethnicity Research Cluster invited the community to join us as we continued this conversation with Dr. Kitossa.

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