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A Philosophy of the Social Construction of Crime$
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David Polizzi

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9781447327325

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: May 2016

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447327325.001.0001

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The social construction of criminal behavior: Toward a phenomenology of strain

The social construction of criminal behavior: Toward a phenomenology of strain

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(p.53) 3 The social construction of criminal behavior: Toward a phenomenology of strain
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A Philosophy of the Social Construction of Crime
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David Polizzi

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447327325.003.0003

Abstract: Though human being always finds itself situated as a being-in-the-world, it still remains a finite openness to that world. During the experience of strain, a variety of socially constructed meanings emerge in the attempt to resolve the unexpected event that is currently threatening to overwhelm the individual. How this experience of strain is ultimately resolved becomes contingent upon the inseparable relationality between individual and world.

Keywords:   being in the world, Malcolm x, addiction, strain, the self, criminal gangs

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