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
Series: Clarendon Studies in Criminology
Number Of Pages: 246
Published: 22nd July 2010
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.2 x 14.7
Weight (kg): 0.45