Disowning our shadow: a psychoanalytic approach to understanding punitive public attitudes

Shadd Maruna, A. Matravers, A. King

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Abstract

Punitive public attitudes cannot be easily explained by pointing to instrumental concerns (e.g., fear of crime, personal victimization, or rea or perceived levels of crime). Instead, numerous observers have suggested that public punitiveness is more a symptom of free-floating anxieties and insecurities resulting from social change than a rational response to crime problems. We argue that these public concerns might be better understood by drawing on the insights of psychoanalytic theory, and we review relevant theoretical work to that effect.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)277-299
Number of pages23
JournalDeviant Behaviour
Volume25
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - May 2004

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Sociology and Political Science

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