Emotions, Crime and Justice

Edited by: Susanne Karstedt, Ian Loader, Heather Strang

The return of emotions to debates about crime and criminal justice has been a striking development of recent decades across many jurisdictions. This has been registered in the return of shame to justice procedures, a heightened focus on victims and their emotional needs, the 'fear of crime' as a major preoccupation of citizens and politicians, and highly emotionalized public discourses on crime and justice. But, how can we best make sense of these developments? Do we need to create "emotionally intelligent" justice systems, or are we messing recklessly with the rational foundations of liberal criminal justice? This volume - now available in paperback - brings together leading criminologists and sociologists from across the world in a much-needed conversation about how to recalibrate reason and emotion in crime and justice today. The book's contributions range from the micro-analysis of emotions in violent encounters to the paradoxes and tensions that arise from the emotionalization of criminal justice in the public sphere. The essays explore the emotional labor of workers in police and penal institutions; the justice experiences of victims and offenders; and the role of vengeance, forgiveness, and regret in the aftermath of violence and conflict resolution. The result is a book which offers a fresh and timely perspective on problems of crime and justice in contemporary liberal democracies. (Series: Onati International Series in Law and Society) [Subject: Sociology, Criminology, Criminal Justice, Restorative Justice, Policing, Penology, Socio-Legal Studies]

Publication Date: 6/1/2014
Format: Paper
ISBN: 9781849466837

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