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Title:
Crime and Morality The Significance of Criminal Justice in Post-modern Culture
Author:
Boutellier, Hans. author.
ISBN:
9789400900134
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Physical Description:
XII, 182 p. online resource.
Contents:
1 Morality, Criminal Justice and Criminal Events -- Criminality and the Norm -- Morality and Culture -- Morality and Post-Modernism -- Criminal Law and Morality -- Solidarity and Victimhood -- 2 Morality and Criminal Justice Policy -- The Discovery of Petty Crime -- Comments -- Conclusion -- 3 Morality and Victims -- Crime as a Moral Problem -- The Victimological Twist -- The Rediscovery of the Victim -- The Victimalization Process -- 4 Victimalization of the Sexually Abused Child -- The Ambivalence -- The “Discovery” -- Individualization of the Child -- From Fantasy to Reality -- Conclusion -- 5 The De-victimalization of the Prostitute -- From Regulation to Brothel Prohibition -- A Psychological Problem -- A Sexual Variation -- The Second Feminist Wave -- Conclusion -- 6 Solidarity or Virtuousness; Rorty versus Maclntyre -- Maclntyre’s Virtuous Community -- Rorty’s Ironic Solidarity -- The Moral Subject -- Liberalism and Solidarity -- Conclusion -- 7 Criminality and Liberalism: Some Closing Comments -- The Issue of Crime -- Criminology -- Criminal Justice Policy -- Normative Liberalism -- The Normative State -- Normative Upbringing -- Conclusion -- References.
Abstract:
Over the last twenty-five years the significance of criminal justice has dramatically changed. In a "post-modern" culture, criminal law serves more and more as a focal point in public morality. The "discovery" of the victim of crime can be seen as the marking point by which criminal justice got its central position in the maintenance of social order. It is the result of a general "victimalization" of today's morality. This ingenious book - according to Michael Tonry - combines insights from criminology, sociology and moral philosophy. It is especially inspired by the work of Richard Rorty, who stresses the sensibility for suffering as the major source of morality in post-modern times. It describes the arousal of attention for victims and the development of crime prevention. More specifically, it analyzes child sexual abuse and prostitution. This "illuminating" book will be an eye-opener for theorists in criminology and moral philosophy, but will also be an inspiring work for policy makers in the area of criminal justice.
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Over the last twenty-five years the significance of criminal justice has dramatically changed. In a "post-modern" culture, criminal law serves more and more as a focal point in public morality. The "discovery" of the victim of crime can be seen as the marking point by which criminal justice got its central position in the maintenance of social order. It is the result of a general "victimalization" of today's morality.

This ingenious book - according to Michael Tonry - combines insights from criminology, sociology and moral philosophy. It is especially inspired by the work of Richard Rorty, who stresses the sensibility for suffering as the major source of morality in post-modern times. It describes the arousal of attention for victims and the development of crime prevention. More specifically, it analyzes child sexual abuse and prostitution.

This "illuminating" book will be an eye-opener for theorists in criminology and moral philosophy, but will also be an inspiring work for policy makers in the area of criminal justice.


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