Critical Criminology (2019) 27:55–71
Intersectional Criminologies fortheContemporary Moment:
Crucial Questions ofPower, Praxis andTechnologies
Published online: 19 March 2019
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This article reﬂects on the growing acceptance of intersectional criminology alongside
emergent challenges of the contemporary moment. In light of social changes, the arti-
cle asks: What is important about intersectionality and its relationship to criminology?
How might we sustain and nurture these crucial dimensions and connections? Exploring
answers to these questions, we consider how to retain intersectional commitments in areas
of increasing importance, such as ubiquitous surveillance and technologies of policing.
In discussing how we might examine and unpack the workings of interlocking systems of
oppression and their eﬀects, this article addresses how intersectional criminologists might
reﬂect more critically on their methodologies to ensure robust analysis and incorporate
frameworks that better capture the technosocial entanglements emblematic of ongoing
shifts in social control. After reviewing approaches for doing so, the article concludes with
a reﬂection on implications for intersectional criminological praxis.
Introduction: Taking Stock atCritical Junctures
In recent years, the rise of authoritarianism in various parts of the world has been met with
protest movements, as well as calls for inclusion, mobilization and resistance. Rightfully
so: in the United States (US) alone, the Trump administration has signaled its support for
establishing a registry to track Muslims, attempted to enact a federal ban against transgen-
der persons serving in the US military, and committed signiﬁcant resources to enhancing
surveillance infrastructure aimed at racialized minorities.1 All the while, anti-immigrant,
anti-Semitic, homophobic, Islamophobic, misogynistic, racist, and sexist attacks have
risen since the 2016 US presidential election (Southern Poverty Law Center 2016). In this
* Kathryn Henne
1 University ofWaterloo, Waterloo, ON, Canada
2 The Australian National University, Canberra, ACT , Australia
3 University ofNevada, LasVegas, USA
1 Following Hochman (2018), we use “racialized” to acknowledge that individuals, groups, and structures
become racialized through worldly processes, not as a result of their inherent attributes.