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

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sexual offending
social justice
structural violence
symbolic violence
persons convicted of a sexual offence
przestępstwa seksualne
sprawiedliwość społeczna
strukturalna przemoc
symboliczna przemoc
osoby skazane za przestępstwo seksualne

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Mahoney, I., Teague, K., Long, M., & Winder, B. (2022). Populist and vindictive constructions of sexual offending, pluralities of violence, and the implications for criminal and social justice: Populistyczne oraz mściwe konstrukcje przestępstwa seksualnego, większość względna przemocy, i implikacje dla sprawiedliwości karnej i społecznej . Archiwum Kryminologii, (XLIV/1), 123–145. https://doi.org/10.7420/AK2021.26


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.


Opierając się na „socjologii mściwości” (Young 2003; 2007) oraz Sumner (1990; 1994) praca nad cenzurą autorzy rozpatrują interpretacje, odpowiedzi oraz traktowanie osób które popełniły przestępstwo seksualne przeciwko dziecku/dzieciom (PCSOAC).  Chcemy zrozumieć dynamikę i społeczne procesy ekskluzji innych oraz jak negatywne, przedziałowe i zbiurokratyzowane dyskursy, zasady i praktyki mogą odróżnić zmarginalizowane grupy dla politycznej korzyści. Argumentujemy żeby całkowicie zrozumieć te odpowiedzi, musimy lepiej zrozumieć szersze społeczne dynamiki i konstrukcje które informują i kształcą społeczne spostrzeżenia w pościgu esencjalnego „dobrego wroga”. Zgodnie z tym, zarysujemy interakcje pomiędzy mściwością i populizmem w administracji sprawiedliwości oraz umieścić wyzwania związane z karaniem i rehabilitacją, oraz reintegracją osób skazanych o przestępstwo seksualne.

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