Classifying Reactions to Wrongdoing: Taxonomies of Misdeeds, Sanctions, and Aims of Sanctions

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While conducting research into crimes, the treatment of crimes and the aim of these treatments, Thomas was frustrated by the lack of an available classification system that organized this material. This book was written to end that frustration. By looking at existing and potential misdeeds, sanctions and the stated goals of these sanctions, Thomas discovered a method to organize this information. Classifying Reactions to Wrongdoing provides three comprehensive taxonomies for categorizing (1) crimes, sins, breaches of custom, and other misdeeds, (2) sanctions and treatments which people recommend perpetrators of misdeeds should experience, and (3) the aims of such sanctions and treatments. This unique book would be of interest to psychologists, sociologists, criminologists, philosophers, and others interested in ethics, law, and moral development.

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When Thomas (education, U. of California-Santa Barbara) and a colleague gathered the data from a recent survey of what people hoped to achieve by sanctions they recommended for three hypothetical wrongdoers, they realized they had no basket to put the eggs in, no classification system in which to analyze and understand the answers. So he started constructing one. Chapters presenting morphologies in outline form for misdeeds, sanctions recommended, and the aims intended by recommending those sanctions, are buttressed with longer chapters discussing the philosophical and methodological bases of the systems. A final chapter suggests how the morphologies can be used in research, teaching, and judging. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780313297175
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 8/30/1995
  • Series: Contributions in Psychology Series, #29
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 230
  • Lexile: 1450L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.69 (d)

Meet the Author

R. MURRAY THOMAS served as a Professor of Educational Psychology for 30 years at the University of California, Santa Barbara, before retiring in 1991.

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Table of Contents

1 Characteristics of Taxonomies 1
Types of Classification Systems 2
Functions of Taxonomies 18
2 Conceptualizing Wrongdoing 21
Characteristics of Misdeeds 23
Characteristics of Wrongdoers 37
Characteristics of Victims 41
Applying the Classification Scheme 46
3 Classifying Misdeeds 49
The Misdeeds Taxonomy 49
4 Modes of Reasoning about Aims and Sanctions 55
A Model of Moral Thinking 56
Applying the Model 60
5 Foundations of an Aims Taxonomy 77
Producing Positive Outcomes 79
Avoiding Undesired Results 110
6 Types of Aims 115
The Aims Taxonomy 115
7 Foundations of a Sanctions Taxonomy 127
The Structure of the Taxonomy 127
8 Types of Sanctions 179
The Architecture of the System 180
The Sanctions Taxonomy 181
9 Applications 193
Analyzing Psychosocial Phenomena 193
Teaching about Morality and Misdeeds 196
Judging and Training Personnel 200
References 203
Index 211
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