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Dr. Scott Kenney

Associate Professor (Ph.D. McMaster University)


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Sociological Specialties/Areas of Interest

  • Criminology
  • Deviance
  • Victimology
  • Symbolic interactionist theory

Dr. Kenney's work has focused primarily on the victims of crime. He has studied the families and loved ones of homicide victims in their complex encounters with the criminal justice system, mental health professionals, self-help and victims' organizations, as well as in their more informal dealings with family and community. He has conducted research on the unofficial "victim assignment practices" of public and private victim services. His research lends credence to the questions of critical criminologists as to whether victims' interests are indeed being served by victim service programs. In collaboration with Don Clairmont, he has recently completed qualitative research on the interactional dynamics of restorative justice sessions. Dr. Kenney's upcoming research plans include an empirical examination of the ritual construction of meaning and identity among contemporary Freemasons, and an examination of the various ways that genealogy is used to relate identity to historical figures.

Selected Publications

  • "When Accommodation Breaks Down." In Earl Rubington and Martin S. Weinberg (Eds.) Deviance: The Interactionist Perspective. 9th Edition. Boston: Allyn and Bacon.
  • "Human Agency Revisited: The Paradoxical Experiences of Victims of Crime," International Review of Victimology, Vol. 11.
  • "Victims of Crime and Labeling Theory: A Parallel Process?," Deviant Behavior Vol. 23.
  • "The Experience of Happiness: A Sociological Investigation," Humanity and Society, Vol. 20.