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Crime, Pain and Death

Christie, N
June 4, 2015

Source: (1984) New Perspectives on Crime and Justice (Issue #1). Akron, PA: Mennonite Central Committee Office of Criminal Justice, February, 14p.

This article discusses Christie’s conflicts as property idea and his book Limits to Pain to question deterrence theory and punishment and criticize the neo-classical ideologies. The pendulum of policy swing between treatment and general deterrence are both utilitarian positions. The author then discusses the phenomenon of loss: reactions to death, at sorrow, and anger. Modern industrial societies focus less on death and more on crime, and have less place for sorrow than for anger. Christie calls for a more personalized approach.


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