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Japan as a Low-Crime Nation - Dag Leonardsen

Japan as a Low-Crime Nation

Hardcover Published: 1st March 2005
ISBN: 9781403941114
Number Of Pages: 227

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Criminologists have despaired that modernization and crime are inseparable. The more modern we become, the more criminal. Japan has long been seen as an exception to the rule. The reasons for this, however, have not been well understood. In this book, the independent value of culture is explored to reveal new insights. The author finds that while it remains the case that crime reduction may come at some cost to individual autonomy, the 'West' can learn from Japan to reduce the social harm of too much freedom. Instead of endless crime prevention programs through 'social engineering', policy makers could pay more attention to sociological insights concerning responsibility, obligations and collective identities.

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"...provides a compelling insight into understanding differences between the United States and Japanese criminal justice systems" - Canadian Criminal Justice Association

List of Tables
Theoretical and Methodological Clarifications
The Western Welfare Paradox. Or: Why is Japan an Interesting Case?
Is Japan Really a Low Crime Nation?
Why Has Modernisation in the West Been Synonymous to Increased Crime? Is Rapid Social Change
Synonymous to Loss of Moral Sentiments and Loss of Community?
Japan as a Low-Crime Nation
A Cultural, Sociological and Criminological Description of Japanese Society
Look to Japan?
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ISBN: 9781403941114
ISBN-10: 1403941114
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 227
Published: 1st March 2005
Publisher: Palgrave USA
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 14.0  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.43
Edition Number: 1