The book critiques existing psychological and sociological theories before outlining a more adequate understanding of the criminal offender. It sheds new light on a series of crimes—rape, serial murder, racial harassment, ‘jack-rolling’ (mugging of drunks), domestic violence—and contemporary criminological issues such as fear of crime, cognitive-behavioral interventions and restorative justice. Authors David Gadd and Tony Jefferson bring together theories about identity, subjectivity, and gender to provide the first comprehensive account of their psychoanalytically inspired approach. For each topic, the theoretical perspective is supported by individual case studies, which are designed to facilitate the understanding of theory and to demonstrate its application to a variety of criminological topics.

Restorative Justice, Reintegrative Shaming and Intersubjectivity

Restorative justice, reintegrative shaming and intersubjectivity

There is now a whole library of books and articles on restorative justice. This development is of very recent origin, perhaps the last decade-and-a-half. Given our particular interest in the topic, we do not intend to overview that material here. For those interested, McLaughlin et al. (2003: 2) offer a comprehensive overview of the movement's ‘origins … founding definitions and principles … institutionalisation … claims to efficacy and relevance [and] … significance as a mode of governance’. Somewhat more simply, Daly chooses to discuss the movement in terms of ‘the four myths that feature in advocates’ stories and claims', namely, that ‘(1) Restorative justice is the opposite of retributive justice. (2) … uses indigenous ...

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