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Blamestorming, blamemongers and scapegoats : allocating blame in the criminal justice process / Gavin Dingwall and Tim Hillier.

Author/Creator:
Dingwall, Gavin, author.
Publication:
Bristol, England ; Chicago, Illinois : Policy Press, 2015.
Format/Description:
Book
1 online resource (218 p.)
Edition:
First edition.
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Subjects:
Criminal liability.
Blame.
Criminal justice, Administration of.
Form/Genre:
Electronic books.
Summary:
This is the first detailed criminological account of the role of blame in which the authors present a novel study of the legal process of blame attribution, set in the context of criminalisation as a social and political process. It will also be of wider interest to anyone wishing to discover the role of blame in modern society.
Contents:
BLAMESTORMING, BLAMEMONGERS AND SCAPEGOATS; Contents; About the authors ; Preface; 1. Introduction and the centrality of blame; The Case of Mrs Inglis; The Case of Baby P; Blamestorming; Blamemongers; Scapegoats; Blame; Preliminary reflections; 2. Blame in the criminal justice process; Pre-trial diversion: removing those of limited culpability; Pre-trial diversion: fixed penalties for particular categories of offence; Pre-trial diversion: the routine diversion of some types of criminal conduct to specialist state agencies; Mode of trial: deciding which court will hear a case
Justifying sentence: the normative backgroundJustifying sentence: the legal background; Conclusions: blame and procedural decision-making; 3. Blame and the blameless; The minimum age of criminal responsibility; Mental capacity; Justifications, excuses and circumstances precluding wrongfulness; Blame and luck; 4. Blameless crime; Motive: criminalising the well-intentioned; Recklessness: criminalising the risk-taker; Negligence and gross negligence: criminalising the incompetent; Strict liability: criminalising the blameless; Conclusion; 5. Blame amplification ; Offence seriousness
Shocking and extraordinary crimes6. Putting oneself in harm's way; Blame, gang membership and paramilitary involvement; Purchasing drugs, 'associating with criminals' and expanding the 'blameworthy'; Drug misuse and crime; Blame, intoxication and alcohol-related offending; Conclusion: voluntarily heightening the risk of offending; 7. Blame, punitiveness and criminalisation; The growth of blame culture and the need for scapegoats; From civil liability to criminal liability; From human rights to the International Criminal Court; 8. Blamestorming and blamemongers; Defining blame
Legal determinations about blameBlame and procedural decision-making; Blame, luck and diminished responsibility; Precursory conduct and the attribution of blame; Quantifying blame; Swiss cheese; The blamemongers: from process to value; Glossary; References; Case list; Index
Notes:
Description based upon print version of record.
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Description based on online resource; title from PDF title page (ebrary, viewed February 16, 2015).
Contributor:
Hillier, Tim, author.
ISBN:
1-4473-0499-3
1-4473-1161-2
1-4473-0501-9