Asale Angel-Ajani


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The Racial Economies of Criminalization, Immigration, and Policing in Italy

The author documents how the enactment of restrictive laws on crime and their draconian application go hand in hand with the criminalization of immigrants, more specifically African women, primarily from Nigeria. Similar to the experience in the United States, in Italy — as in most of Europe — discourses on immigration conflate with a harsh anticrime rhetoric that depicts immigrants as “clandestine” enclaves of people prone to criminal behavior.

immigration, Italy, African women, Nigeria, crime, policing

Citation: Social Justice Vol. 30, No. 3 (2003): 48-62