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Revisiting the “Ideal Victim”: Developments in Critical Victimology

Marian Duggan


Revisiting the ‘Ideal Victim’ is a collection of academic responses to the late Nils Christie’s (1986) seminal piece on the ‘ideal victim’ in which he addressed the socially constructed concept of an idealised form of victim status or identity. Highlighting the complex factors informing the application or rejection of victim status, Christie foregrounded the role of subjective and objective perspectives on personal and societal responses to victimisation. In sum, the ‘ideal victim’ is: “a person or category of individuals, who – when hit by crime – most readily are given the complete and legit ... More

Keywords: Nils Christie, victimology, ideal victim, criminology, victim studies, gender, identity, victimisation, crime, criminal justice

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Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9781447338765
Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: January 2019 DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447338765.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Marian Duggan, editor
University of Kent

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Marian Duggan

The Ideal Victim

Nils Christie1

Part I Exploring the ‘Ideal Victim’

One The ideal victim through other(s’) eyes

Alice Bosma, Eva Mulder and Antony Pemberton

Part II Exploring the ‘Non-Ideal’ Victim


Marian Duggan

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