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Emotions, Crime and Justice

Editor(s): Susanne Karstedt, Ian Loader, Heather Strang
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Published: 10-07-2014
Format: Paperback
Edition: 1st
Extent: 396
ISBN: 9781849466837
Imprint: Hart Publishing
Series: Oñati International Series in Law and Society
Dimensions: 234 x 156 mm
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'...the book is a must read. It presents a series of state of the art chapters on various subjects that are critical in criminology. The chapters are deeply rooted in the patrimony of criminological literature [and] offer an excellent balance of theoretical reflection and empirical work; the empirical methodology ranges from insightful qualitative observation, even introspective reflection, to clever quantitative measuring and sophisticated statistics' Lode Walgrave, Criminology and Criminal Justice

This volume brings together leading criminologists and sociologists from across the world in a much needed conversation about how to re-calibrate reason and emotion in crime and justice today. The contributions range from the micro-analysis of emotions in violent encounters to the paradoxes and tensions that arise from the emotionalisation of criminal justice in the public sphere. They explore the emotional labour in police and penal institutions, the justice experiences of victims and offenders, and the role of vengeance, forgiveness and regret. This set of original essays offers a fresh and timely perspective on problems of crime and justice in contemporary liberal democracies.

Table Of Contents

Handle with Care: Emotions, Crime and Justice
SUSANNE KARSTEDT
PART I: EMOTIONS IN TRANSGRESSION AND CRIME
1. Forward Panic and Violent Atrocities
RANDALL COLLINS
2. Making Sense of 'Senseless Violence'
WILLEM DE HAAN
3. Shame, Pride and Workplace Bullying
ELIZA AHMED AND JOHN BRAITHWAITE
4. The Sensual Dynamics of Processes of Personal Reform: Desistance from Crime and the Role of Emotions
ADAM CALVERLEY AND STEPHEN FARRALL
5. Trends in Crime and Fear: Lessons from Chicago, 1994 –2003
WESLEY G SKOGAN
6. Moral Indignation in the East Of England: A Youthful Twist on Ranulf's Ageing Thesis
ANNA KING AND SHADD MARUNA
PART II: EMOTIONAL EXPERIENCES OF JUSTICE
7. Empathy for the Devil: The Nature and Nurture of Revenge
LAWRENCE W SHERMAN AND HEATHER STRANG
8. Reintegrative Ritual: Restorative Justice and Micro-Sociology
MEREDITH ROSSNER
9. Shame, Ethical Identity and Conformity: Lessons from Research on the Psychology of Social Influence
NATHAN HARRIS
10. Procedural Justice, Emotions and Resistance to Authority
KRISTINA MURPHY
PART III: 'EMOTION WORK' IN CRIMINAL JUSTICE INSTITUTIONS
11. Dealing with Defiant Citizens: Building Emotional Intelligence into Police Work
BAS VAN STOKKOM
12. Managing Prisoners, Managing Emotion: The Dynamics of Age, Culture and Identity
ELAINE CRAWLEY
PART IV: VIOLENCE, RECONCILIATION AND CONFLICT RESOLUTION: DEALING WITH COLLECTIVE EMOTIONS
13. Alienation, Love and Hate as Causes of Collective Violence
THOMAS J SCHEFF
14. Dealing with Emotions in Peacemaking
JOHN D BREWER
PART V: DEMOCRACY AND PENAL SENTIMENTS
15. Divided Sympathies: David Hume and Contemporary
Criminology
RICHARD SPARKS
16. The Power and Limits of Populism: An Illustration from Recent Penal Developments in New Zealand
JOHN PRATT
17. Playing with Fire? Democracy and the Emotions of Crime and Punishment
IAN LOADER

Reviews

“...the book is a must read. It presents a series of state of the art chapters on various subjects that are critical in criminology. The chapters are deeply rooted in the patrimony of criminological literature; many of them offer an excellent balance of theoretical reflection and empirical work; the empirical methodology ranges from insightful qualitative observation, even introspective reflection, to clever quantitative measuring and sophisticated statistics; all chapters witness a critical concern for the instrumental, social, political and moral implications. In short, the book is an example of what I have called 'criminology as I see it ideally' (Walgrave, 2008b).

... if I were still active as a teaching professor, I would urge my students to read this book. They can learn about the broad field of criminology, they can also see how methodological seriousness is the indispensible ground for good scientific work if it is completed by wise and good reflection, and they can experience how important criminology is as a social science for the better understanding of social life and for reflecting on how to improve it.

” –  Lode Walgrave, Criminology and Criminal Justice, 13(1)

Emotions, Crime and Justice is a major step toward a more theoretically and practically nuanced conversation. As this book reveals in a series of original essays of great range, depth and sophistication, criminology has much to gain by investigating the emotions underlying crime and punishment. The collection spans a range of theoretical, ethnographic and experimental approaches, a range of criminal justice institutions and roles, and a range of cultures…Perhaps its greatest strength lies in the range of emotional experience it reveals and explores, including the emotions that accompany violence and that animate attitudes toward crime, the emotional experience of obeying or resisting the law, the implicit rules governing the display or feeling of emotions by employees of police departments or prisons, the emotional roots of collective violence and collective reconciliation, and the moral sentiments and public emotions animating democratic discourse on crime and punishment.

These are questions that ought to keep scholars occupied for quite some time. For a rich and provocative introduction to the field, read this book.

” –  Susan A. Bandes, Criminal Law and Criminal Justice Books

“..the authors provide useful insights into the role of emotions in the criminal justice system-a topic that has received limited attention.

...the essays are generally organized in a coherent way. Each piece adds something new to the volume and provides the reader with an understanding of the role that emotions play in various contexts in the criminal justice system. In setting out to provide answers to the various questions posed at the volume's outset, the authors provoke the reader to consider the often overlooked role that emotions have to play in the criminal justice system. This is an important and worthwhile accomplishment.

” –  Jeffrey Crawford, Saskatchewan Law Review, Volume 72, 2012

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