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NCJ Number: 157116 Find in a Library
Title: Classifying Reactions to Wrongdoing: Taxonomies of Misdeeds, Sanctions, and Aims of Sanctions
Author(s): R M Thomas
Date Published: 1995
Page Count: 229
Sponsoring Agency: Greenwood Publishing Group
Westport, CT 06881-5007
Publication Number: ISBN 0-313-29717-7
Sale Source: Greenwood Publishing Group
88 Post Road West
P.O. Box 5007
Westport, CT 06881-5007
United States of America
Type: Survey
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This book offers a tripartite taxonomy for categorizing acts of wrongdoing, the proposed punishments for people who have committed those acts, and the effects that the punishments are designed to produce.
Abstract: The classification system proposed here is based in part on results from two studies, the first of which examined responses of members of six sociologically defined groups to questions asking them about sanctions for offenders who violated certain laws and norms, and the second of which focused on the aims that respondents hoped to achieve by the sanctions they recommended for offenders in three cases of wrongdoing. The book describes characteristics of taxonomies, the conceptualization of wrongdoing, modes of reasoning about aims and sanctions, foundations of an aims taxonomy, types of aims, foundations of a sanctions taxonomy, types of sanctions, and applications of this type of classification system through analyses of psychosocial phenomena, instruction in ethics and morality, and personnel evaluation. 141 references
Main Term(s): Criminology
Index Term(s): Public Opinion of Crime; Punishment; Social control
Note: Contributions in Psychology, Number 29
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