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

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Mahoney, I., Teague, K., Long, M. and Winder, B. 2021. Populist and vindictive constructions of sexual offending, pluralities of violence, and the implications for criminal and social justice. Archives of Criminology. 44 (1), pp. 1-23. https://doi.org/10.7420/AK2021.26
AuthorsMahoney, I., Teague, K., Long, M. and Winder, B.
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.

KeywordsCensure; populism; sexual offending; symbolic violence
Year2021
JournalArchives of Criminology
Journal citation44 (1), pp. 1-23
PublisherInstytut Nauk Prawnych PAN , Poland
ISSN0066-6890
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.7420/AK2021.26
Web address (URL)https://czasopisma.inp.pan.pl/index.php/ak/article/view/2213
Output statusPublished
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Online15 Feb 2023
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Deposited11 Dec 2023
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