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NCJ Number: 163427 Find in a Library
Title: Reintegrative Shaming, Republicanism, and Policy (From Crime and Public Policy: Putting Theory to Work, P 191-205, 1995, Hugh D Barlow, ed. - See NCJ-163416)
Author(s): J Braithwaite
Date Published: 1995
Page Count: 15
Sponsoring Agency: Westview Press, Inc
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Type: Issue Overview
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: The theory of reintegrative shaming is examined with respect to its implications for the explanation of crime, its relationship to republican political theory, and its application to crime prevention.
Abstract: The central idea of reintegrative shaming they is that some societies have higher crime rates than others because their citizens less effectively shame criminal behavior. Reintegrative shaming involves disapproval while sustaining a relationship of respect, ceremonies to certify deviance terminated by ceremonies to decertify deviance, disapproval of the evil deed without labeling the person as evil, and deviance not allowed to become a master status trait. Reintegrative shaming differs from stigmatization in crucial aspects. Reintegrative shaming theory is likely to be politically harmful unless combined with a normative theory of when it is right to apply it. Braithwaite and Pettit's republican theory of criminal justice describes the conditions under which shaming is right or wrong. This theory motivates communitarian rather than governmental solutions to crime problems. Forms of communitarianism that can focus moral energies and reduce crime in the automobile age are social movement politics and the individual-centered communitarianism of the New Zealand Maori idea of family group conferences. 39 references
Main Term(s): Criminology
Index Term(s): Crime control policies; Crime prevention planning; Rehabilitation; Research uses in policymaking; Social control; Victim-offender reconciliation
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