Criminal wrongs in historical perspective

Farmer, L. (2010) Criminal wrongs in historical perspective. In: Duff, R.A., Farmer, L., Marshall, S.E., Renzo, M. and Tadros, V. (eds.) The Boundaries of the Criminal Law. Series: Criminalization series. Oxford University Press: Oxford, UK, pp. 214-237. ISBN 9780199600557 (doi: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199600557.001.0001)

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This chapter focuses on the concepts of wrong and wrongdoing, rather than on the concept of harm. But while much of the current literature has tended to revolve around the question of what role wrongdoing plays in the public definition and condemnation of criminal behaviour, it is argued that this question is too general. In order for the notion of wrongdoing to be of assistance in developing an account of criminalization, it must be framed within a detailed examination of how the wrongness of any particular crime (or group of crimes) manifests itself in different times and places. The chapter illustrates how the content of the notions of wrongness and wrongdoing has changed over time in relation to different crimes. It concludes that only by paying attention to these changes will we be able to employ these notions usefully to provide a solid ground foran adequate theory of criminalization.

Item Type:Book Sections
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Farmer, Professor Lindsay
Authors: Farmer, L.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Law
Publisher:Oxford University Press
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Project CodeAward NoProject NamePrincipal InvestigatorFunder's NameFunder RefLead Dept
451311CriminalizationLindsay FarmerArts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC)AH/E007821/1Law
451312CriminalizationLindsay FarmerArts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC)AH/E007821/1Law