The Mug Shot—–Tool of the Ideology of Difference




Cesare Lombroso, “Epileptics,” from L’homme Criminel (Paris, 1887), photo here.

After reading an article in which the ideas of Cesare Lombardo, aka “The Father of Criminology,” were used to shape anti-Italian US immigration policies in the 1920s, I found that the mug shot is back. It’s not just Tiger Woods’. Check out: “Innocent Until Your Mug Shot Is on the Internet.”


Image by Alex Tatusian/The Marshall Project from NY Times, 6/3/2017.


Author: Jacqueline Francis

Writer, teacher, curator, and arts consultant in San Francisco, California. Follow me on Twitter @JackieFrancisSF

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