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Values in criminology and community justice$
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Malcolm Cowburn, Marian Duggan, Anne Robinson, and Paul Senior

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9781447300359

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: May 2014

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447300359.001.0001

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Judging offenders: the moral implications of criminological theories

Judging offenders: the moral implications of criminological theories

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(p.5) One Judging offenders: the moral implications of criminological theories
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Values in criminology and community justice
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Simon Cottee

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447300359.003.0001

This chapter explores the moral implications of criminological theories. Its key argument is that explaining criminal offending is an unavoidably moral enterprise, since it bears directly on the issue of perpetrator guilt. How should we feel about the offender and what they do? What kinds of moral judgments can we make about them in the light of their offending behaviour? And how should they be treated: with contempt, scorn, or disgust, or at the other end of the emotional spectrum, with tolerance, acceptance or even admiration? This chapter argues that criminological theories, contain implications for thinking about these crucial moral questions.

Keywords:   Criminological theories, perpetrator guilt, moral judgments, implications, crucial moral

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