Crime and Punishment
The More Things Change…
Over the last fifty years, various federal and provincial governments in Canada have tapped into the public’s fear of crime as a strategy to deflect attention away from more pressing social issues in an effort to secure their political legitimacy. So even though the economic landscape has changed, the spectre of crime and “criminals” has remained a ready scapegoat in mainstream political discourse for explaining away the ills of society.
Evan Bowness is a PhD student at UBC’s Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability where his research focuses on community-based urban agriculture. He teaches criminology courses and courses on social inequality at the Department of Sociology, University of Manitoba
Elizabeth Comack is a professor in the