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Penal Abolitionism : Clarendon Studies in Criminology - Vincenzo Ruggiero

Penal Abolitionism

Clarendon Studies in Criminology

Hardcover Published: 22nd July 2010
ISBN: 9780199578443
Number Of Pages: 246

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Abolitionism is not only a strategy or a set of demands, aimed at the reduction (or suppression) of custody, it is also a perspective, a philosophy, an approach which challenges conventional definitions of crime. This book examines the origin, philosophy and achievements of abolitionism and reviews the literature on penal abolitionism from the 1960s to the 1980s.
By collecting and discussing the key abolitionist arguments, the author critically analyzes the views expressed by its leading proponents; Nils Christie, Louk Hulsman, Thomas Mathiesen and Herman Bianchi, examining in particular how their views took shape, their philosophical foundations, and the social and political context of abolitionist ideas and perspectives. Policies, such as the virtual abolition of custody for young offenders in Italy, are presented and the area of informal justice is also addressed, with an overview of mediation and compensation practices, and an assessment of the degree of their effectiveness and desirability.
Through assessment of these achievements and experiments of specific abolitionist ideas, the author attempts to identify the legacy of abolitionism from a European perspective, while bringing into focus more recent contributions concerning the study of terrorism and war.

1. Introduction; 2. Crime as trouble; 3. Substantive justice and self-regulation; 4. Cultures of punishment; 5. The limitation of pain; 6. Social Christians and mercy; 7. Abolitionist praxis; 8. Mutual aid and cordiality; 9. Participation, conciliation and mourning; 10. Conclusion

ISBN: 9780199578443
ISBN-10: 0199578443
Series: Clarendon Studies in Criminology
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 246
Published: 22nd July 2010
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.2 x 14.7  x 2.1
Weight (kg): 0.45