Populist and vindictive constructions of sexual offending against children, pluralities of violence, and the implications for criminal and social justice

Mahoney, I. ORCID: 0000-0003-0313-3418, Teague, K. ORCID: 0000-0001-9822-5301, Long, M. ORCID: 0000-0002-9648-629X and Winder, B. ORCID: 0000-0002-9118-679X, 2021. Populist and vindictive constructions of sexual offending against children, pluralities of violence, and the implications for criminal and social justice. Archiwum Kryminologii (Archives of Criminology). ISSN 0066-6890

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Abstract

Drawing upon the “sociology of vindictiveness” (Young 2003; 2007) and Sumner’s (1990; 1994) work on censure the authors examine the construal, responses and treatment of individuals who have committed a sexual offence against a child/children (ICSOAC). We seek to understand the dynamics and social processes of the exclusion of others and the way negative, sectional and bureaucratised discourses, policies and practices can “other” marginalised groups, for political expediency. We argue that to fully understand these responses we need to better understand the wider social dynamics and constructions which inform and shape societal perceptions in pursuit of an essentialised “good enemy”. In line with this, we go on to outline the interaction between vindictiveness and populism in the administration of justice and situate the challenges this poses for both punishment and the rehabilitation and reintegration of individuals convicted of sexual crime.

Item Type: Journal article
Alternative Title: Populistyczne oraz mściwe konstrukcje przestępstwa seksualnego, większość względna przemocy, i implikacje dla sprawiedliwości karnej i społecznej
Publication Title: Archiwum Kryminologii (Archives of Criminology)
Creators: Mahoney, I., Teague, K., Long, M. and Winder, B.
Publisher: Institute of Law Studies of the Polish Academy of Sciences
Date: 10 November 2021
ISSN: 0066-6890
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10.7420/AK2021.26DOI
1486992Other
Rights: All articles published in "Archiwum Kryminologii / Archives of Criminology" are published under the CC-BY open license: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/legalcode
Divisions: Schools > School of Social Sciences
Record created by: Laura Ward
Date Added: 18 Nov 2021 14:50
Last Modified: 18 Nov 2021 14:50
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URI: http://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/44877

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