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A suitable amount of crime

Author: Nils Christie
Publisher: London ; New York : Routledge, 2004.
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"A Suitable Amount of Crime looks at the great variations between countries in what are considered "unwanted acts", how many are constructed as criminal and how many are punished. It explains the differences between Eastern and Western Europe and between the United States and the rest of the world. The author denounces the size of prison populations in punitive states as a threat to human values and civil forms of  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Cross-cultural studies
Études transculturelles
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Nils Christie
ISBN: 0415336104 9780415336109 0415336112 9780415336116
OCLC Number: 53001319
Description: x, 137 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Contents: 1. Crime does not exist --
1.1. Acts --
1.2. The suffocated wife --
1.3. The fall of central authority --
1.4. The man in the park --
1.5. Daughters and husbands --
1.6. The old school, and the new --
1.7. Angry old people --
1.8. Recovery from war --
1.9. Crime as an unlimited natural resource --
2. Monocultures --
2.1. On multidimensionality --
2.2. The great-aunts --
2.3. Development as imperialism --
2.4. The rewards of labour --
2.5. How to get children to stop building --
2.6. Capital --
2.7. The new cathedral --
2.8. On the move --
2.9. A mono-institutional society --
2.10. A total solution --
2.11. Costs of a monolithic reward system --
2.12. Shining São Paulo --
2.13. Crime-free territories --
3. The use-value of crime --
3.1. No room for crime --
3.2. Where the large conflicts reigned --
3.3. The weak state --
3.4. Crime control as the arena for presentation --
3.5. Punishment in the service of welfare --
3.6. A most useful mafia --
3.7. Words as weapons --
3.8. The mafia as a cultural product --
3.9. A block against understanding --
3.10. Terror --
3.11. Trolls --
4. Incarceration as an answer --
4.1. Social arrangements for the promotion of crime --
4.2. The great incarcerators --
4.3. Common features --
4.4. On welfare --
4.5. East and West in Europe --
4.6. Polish rhythms --
4.7. England and Wales--so close to Eastern Europe. 5. State--or neighbours? --
5.1. Icelandic blues? --
5.2. Extermination of primary relations --
5.3. Trivial truths --
5.4. Old-fashioned Russia --
5.5. Societies with more than one leg --
5.6. Those Polish students --
6. No punishment --
6.1. Two types of justice --
6.2. The growth of formal law --
6.3. The global village --6.4. Abolish punishment? --
6.5. A winter night --
6.6. Minimalism --
7. Answers to atrocities --
7.1. Blind, deaf and without memory --
7.2. Justice done --
7.3. The execution of an idea --
7.4. A block against understanding --
7.5. If impunity reigns --
7.6. Quisling --
7.7. The purge --
7.8. Preventing private vengeance --
7.9. Narvik, October 2002 --
7.10. The monument --
7.11. Delayed costs of punishment --
7.12. International penal courts and tribunals --
7.13. Truth commissions --
7.14. Reconciliation --
7.15. The importance of not having answers --
8. When is enough, enough? --
8.1. Penal systems as signs --
8.2. The lower limit --
8.3. Is defeat inevitable? --
8.4. Reintegrative shaming of national states? --
8.5. USA--the world champion --
8.6. The lost heritage of universities --
8.7. The need for distance --
8.8. Individual resistance.
Responsibility: Nils Christie.
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Regularly the media reminds us that while crime rates fall, fear of crime remains and prison populations soar. How can these apparent contradictions be so? This study looks at the great variations  Read more...

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"Reflections by a world-renowned criminologist on crime and penal systems...A wise and humane overview of the big questions on penal policy too often not addressed, if ever." - Future Survey

 
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