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NCJ Number: 147901 Find in a Library
Journal: Australian and New Zealand Journal of Criminology  Volume:26  Issue:2  Dated:(July 1993)  Pages:97-115
Author(s): S Cohen
Date Published: 1993
Page Count: 19
Type: Research (Theoretical)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: Australia
Annotation: The author suggests that the criminological agenda should take into account the subject of crimes of the state, particularly human rights violations.
Abstract: The focus on crimes of the state has an external dimension, the incremental growth in the international human rights movement involving the United Nations, the Council of Europe, and Amnesty International. Despite recent interest in crimes of the state and human rights violations, major gaps prevail in the related criminological discourse. Issues of responsibility and criminality are important in the human rights context, particularly with respect to the culture of denial and secrecy. The psychology of denial is discussed, as well as neutralization or motivational theory. Themes in modernist theory that relate to the criminological dialogue on human rights are examined. Historical examples of crimes of the state are cited. 27 references and 5 notes
Main Term(s): Criminology
Index Term(s): Criminal responsibility; Cultural influences; Human rights; Political crimes; Political influences
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