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Blamestorming, blamemongers and scapegoats: Allocating blame in the criminal justice process

Gavin Dingwall and Tim Hillier


We live in a society that is increasingly preoccupied with allocating blame: when something goes wrong someone must be to blame. Bringing together philosophical, psychological, and sociological accounts of blame, this is the first detailed socio-legal account of the role of blame in which the authors present a novel study of the legal process of blame attribution, set in the context of criminalisation as a social and political process. The book identifies the problematic and elusive nature of blame and contrasts this with the uncritical way in which it is often used in the criminal justice pro ... More

Keywords: blame, blamestorming, blamemongers, scapegoats, culpability, criminalisation, harm

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9781447305002
Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: September 2015 DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447305002.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Gavin Dingwall, author
De Montfort University

Tim Hillier, author
De Montfort University