If I was required to choose study a particular artifact or text, I would choose the Canadian Criminal Code. I know this is extremely extensive, but I would study the Code in relation to its implementation. I’ve always had a fascination with how some people are sent to prison, whereas others are not. For example, a drug dealer who deals Marijuana to high school kids would likely be sent to prison, however, there are many white collared crime cases in which the criminals are not sent to prison.
Studying the Canadian Criminal Code, and comparing to it to statistics on number of crimes committed in Canada, and the portion of those criminals who were sent to prison for different offences could make a plurality of issues obvious that aren’t otherwise obvious to Canadians. It would reflect the power imbalance in our society, and it would also reflect fear around blue collared crime versus white collared crime, and the implications this has on different criminals.
This research project would be largely comparative in the sense that it would focus on how laws come into existence, what laws say, and how laws are used in court/implementation of these laws.
It’s a lot to touch on in one post, but I hope you understand the jist of it and where I am coming from.