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NCJ Number: 120497 Find in a Library
Title: Crimes of the Homeless or the Crime of Homelessness? On the Dialectics of Criminalization, Decriminalization, and Victimization
Journal: Contemporary Crises: Law, Crime and Social Policy  Volume:13  Issue:3  Dated:(September 1989)  Pages:275-288
Author(s): G Barak; R M Bohm
Date Published: 1989
Page Count: 24
Type: Issue Overview
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: Netherlands
Annotation: This paper is a limited attempt to synthesize the older and newer trends in radical criminology -- to integrate the issues of criminalization, decriminalization, and victimization.
Abstract: The object of our endeavor is homelessness and how society responds to it. In the paper, we first examine the dialectics of criminalization, homelessness, and economic crisis in relation to some of the general trends in the developing political economy of welfare capitalism. Second, we argue that criminologists should support and focus on efforts to "criminalize" the condition of homelessness and, at the same time, to decriminalize most of the acts of survival of the homeless. In pursuing this end, we urge criminologists to respond by doing things "with" rather than "for" or "to" the homeless. Ultimately, we hope this paper contributes to the ideological and practical struggle for achieving stable institutional methods for satisfying basic human needs. 19 notes. (Author abstract)
Main Term(s): Homeless persons
Index Term(s): Criminalization; Decriminalization; Victimization
Note: Earlier version presented at the annual meeting of the American Society of Criminology, Montreal, Canada, November 12, 1987.
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