Paper $44.50 ISBN: 9781447304999 Published October 2016 For sale in North and South America only
Cloth $116.00 ISBN: 9781447305002 Published May 2015 For sale in North and South America only

Blamestorming, Blamemongers and Scapegoats

Allocating Blame in the Criminal Justice Process

Gavin Dingwall and Tim Hillier

Blamestorming, Blamemongers and Scapegoats

Gavin Dingwall and Tim Hillier

Distributed for Policy Press at the University of Bristol

224 pages | 6 x 9 | © 2015
Paper $44.50 ISBN: 9781447304999 Published October 2016 For sale in North and South America only
Cloth $116.00 ISBN: 9781447305002 Published May 2015 For sale in North and South America only
We live in a society that is increasingly preoccupied with allocating blame: when something goes wrong, someone must be to blame. Bringing together philosophical, psychological, and sociological accounts of blame, this is the first detailed study of blame to approach the phenomenon from a criminological perspective. Gavin Dingwall and Tim Hillier present a novel take on the legal process of blame attribution, set in the context of criminalization as a social and political process. This timely and topical book will be essential reading for anyone working or researching in the criminal justice field and will also be of wider interest to anyone wishing to understand the growing role of blame in modern society.
Contents
Introduction and the centrality of blame
Blame in the criminal justice process
Blame and the blameless
Blameless crime
Blame amplification
Putting oneself in harm’s way
Blame, punitiveness and criminalisation
Blamestorming and blamemongers
Review Quotes
Criminology & Criminal Justice
“Raises more questions than it answers . . . in scoping a relatively new area of inquiry. It is a very welcome addition.”
Colin Sumner, University College Cork, Ireland
“Blame, and its relation to criminalization, have been neglected in criminal justice studies. Drawing on legal philosophy, this book puts them firmly under the spotlight of a thorough multidisciplinary interrogation.”
Vanessa Munro, University of Nottingham
“A much-needed critical review of the role and parameters of ‘blame’ within criminal regulation. Accessibly written and insightful in its analyses throughout, this book compels a reevaluation of our attributions and tactics of blaming in twenty-first-century criminal justice policy.”
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