Crime, Shame and Reintegration (Paperback)

By John Braithwaite

Cambridge University Press, 9780521356688, 236pp.

Publication Date: August 26, 2010

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Description

This book, a contribution to general criminological theory, suggests that the key to why some societies have higher crime rates than others lies in the way different cultures go about the social process of shaming wrongdoers. Shaming can be counterproductive, making crime problems worse. But when shaming is done within a cultural context of respect for the offender, it can be extraordinarily powerful, efficient, and just form of social control.