Alongside the cliché that the victim is ignored within modern criminal justice systems sits another: that in some far-gone primitive utopia the interests of the victim reigned supreme. Various authors, in accepting that the victim has become ‘the Cinderella of the criminal law’ (Schafer, 1960: 8) have looked elsewhere – in the past or in present-day Third World societies – for examples of Cinderella enthroned as of right at the centre of the criminal justice stage. Thus Christie (1977) in a seminal article in which he criticized the ‘theft’ of conflict by complex organizational structures, approvingly described the courtroom processes of ‘modern’ Tanzania, where ‘victim’ and ‘offender’ held centre stage, ...
The Place of the Victim in Non-Western Societies
The place of the victim in non-Western societies