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Reparations and Anti-Black Racism

A Criminological Exploration of the Harms of Slavery and Racialized Injustice

By Angus Nurse

Published

Dec 13, 2021

Page count

152 pages

ISBN

978-1529216837

Dimensions

234 x 156 mm

Imprint

Bristol University Press

Published

Dec 13, 2021

Page count

152 pages

ISBN

978-1529216820

Dimensions

234 x 156 mm

Imprint

Bristol University Press

Published

Dec 13, 2021

Page count

152 pages

ISBN

978-1529216844

Dimensions

Imprint

Bristol University Press
Reparations and Anti-Black Racism

The Black Lives Matter Movement has exposed the state violence and social devaluation that Black populations continue to suffer. Police shootings and incarceration inequalities in the US and UK are just two examples of the legacy of slavery today.

This book offers a criminological exploration of the case for slavery and anti-black racism reparations in the context of the enduring harms and differential treatment of black citizens. Through critical analysis of legal arguments and reviewing recent court actions, it refutes the policy perspectives that argue against reparations.

Highlighting the human rights abuses inherent to and arising from slavery and ongoing racism, this book calls for governments to take responsibility for the legacy of slavery.

“In his timely book, Angus Nurse convincingly demonstrates that reparations are the logical response to institutionalized anti-Black racism.” Jennifer M. Page, University of Zurich

"Angus Nurse issues readers with a challenging provocation by exploring the intersection of history, politics, and criminology. This important book is a ‘call to arms’ for scholars, activists, and the wider public to engage in a critical dialogue, regarding historical reparations and justice for black people. In doing so Nurse draws much needed attention to a subject designed to bring both healing and restitution to the victims of slavery, racism, and historical oppression." Martin Glynn, Birmingham City University

"A timely, rigorous and welcome exploration of reparations which provides a nuanced framework to shape future thinking. This is an important contribution and it comes at a key moment." Neil Chakraborti, University of Leicester

“Angus Nurse is an original thinker who has written on green criminology, law and human rights. This book makes a powerful case for reparation to be paid for the legacy of slavery.” Anthony Goodman, Middlesex University

Angus Nurse is Head of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Nottingham Trent University.

1. Black Lives Matter: The Legacy of Slavery

2. Slavery and Reparations: A Criminological View

3. Reparations Litigation: An Overview

4. Victims of Slavery and Reparations: Who Suffers?

5. A Comparative Analysis of Reparations

6. Unjust Enrichment and the Socio-Legal Case for Reparations

7. The ‘Value’ of Reparations?

8. The Nature of Reparations

9. Reparations in the 21st Century: Contemporary Debates and Issues on Reparations