© 2000

Crime and Morality

The Significance of Criminal Justice in Post-modern Culture


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Hans Boutellier
    Pages 19-40
  3. Hans Boutellier
    Pages 41-69
  4. Hans Boutellier
    Pages 95-115
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 159-181

About this book


Over the last twenty-five years the significance of criminal justice has dramatically changed. In a "post-modern" culture, criminal law serves more and more as a focal point in public morality. The "discovery" of the victim of crime can be seen as the marking point by which criminal justice got its central position in the maintenance of social order. It is the result of a general "victimalization" of today's morality.

This ingenious book - according to Michael Tonry - combines insights from criminology, sociology and moral philosophy. It is especially inspired by the work of Richard Rorty, who stresses the sensibility for suffering as the major source of morality in post-modern times. It describes the arousal of attention for victims and the development of crime prevention. More specifically, it analyzes child sexual abuse and prostitution.

This "illuminating" book will be an eye-opener for theorists in criminology and moral philosophy, but will also be an inspiring work for policy makers in the area of criminal justice.


crime crime prevention criminal justice criminology philosophy prevention

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Ministry of JusticeThe HagueNetherlands
  2. 2.Vrije UniversiteitAmsterdamThe Netherlands

Bibliographic information