Crime, Shame and Reintegration

Crime, Shame and Reintegration

by John Braithwaite
     
 

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Crime, Shame and Reintegration is a contribution to general criminological theory. Its approach is as relevant to professional burglary as to episodic delinquency or white collar crime. Braithwaite argues that some societies have higher crime rates than others because of their different processes of shaming wrongdoing. Shaming can be counterproductive, making crime…  See more details below

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Crime, Shame and Reintegration is a contribution to general criminological theory. Its approach is as relevant to professional burglary as to episodic delinquency or white collar crime. Braithwaite argues that some societies have higher crime rates than others because of their different processes of shaming wrongdoing. Shaming can be counterproductive, making crime problems worse. But when shaming is done within a cultural context of respect for the offender, it can be an extraordinarily powerful, efficient and just form of social control. Braithwaite identifies the social conditions for such successful shaming. If his theory is right, radically different criminal justice policies are needed - a shift away from punitive social control toward greater emphasis on moralizing social control. This book will be of interest not only to criminologists and sociologists, but to those in law, public administration and politics who are concerned with social policy and social issues.

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"This book seems likely to become a classic. It will be widely read, and its claims should inspire a good deal of empirical research. If the theory of reintegrative shaming proves to explain even a portion of the topics Braithwaite addresses, this book will have made an important, lasting contribution." Joel Best, Social Forces

"Anyone who wants to become or remain well informed about theories of crime and deviance should have this book on the bookshelf." Contemporary Sociology

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ISBN-13:
9781139930055
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
03/23/1989
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Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
512 KB

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