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OƱati International Series in Law and Society
Emotions, Crime and Justice
Edited by Susanne Karstedt, Ian Loader and Heather Strang    

The return of emotions to debates about crime and criminal justice has been a striking development of recent decades across many jurisdictions. This has been registered in the return of shame to justice procedures, a heightened focus on victims and their emotional needs, fear of crime as a major preoccupation of citizens and politicians, and highly emotionalised public discourses on crime and justice. But how can we best make sense of these developments? Do we need to create "emotionally intelligent" justice systems, or are we messing recklessly with the rational foundations of liberal criminal justice?

This volume brings together leading criminologists and sociologists from across the world in a much needed conversation about how to re-calibrate reason and emotion in crime and justice today. The contributions range from the micro-analysis of emotions in violent encounters to the paradoxes and tensions that arise from the emotionalisation of criminal justice in the public sphere. They explore the emotional labour of workers in police and penal institutions, the justice experiences of victims and offenders, and the role of vengeance, forgiveness and regret in the aftermath of violence and conflict resolution. The result is a set of original essays which offer a fresh and timely perspective on problems of crime and justice in contemporary liberal democracies.


Susanne Karstedt is Professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice at the Centre for Criminal Justice Studies, School of Law, University of Leeds.
Ian Loader is Professor of Criminology and Director of the Centre for Criminology at the University of Oxford, and a Fellow of All Souls College.
Heather Strang is Director of the Centre for Restorative Justice in the Regulatory Institutions Network at the Australian National University and Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of Criminology, University of Cambridge.

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