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When Children Kill Children: Penal Populism and Political Culture


This title examines the role of political culture and penal populism in the response to the subject of child-on-child homicide. 

Green explores the reasons underlying the vastly differing responses of the English and Norwegian criminal justice systems to the cases of James Bulger and Silje Redergard respectively. Whereas James Bulger's killers were subject to extreme press and public hostility, held in secure detention for nine months before being tried in an adversarial court, and served eight years in custody, Redergard's killers were shielded from public antagonism and carefully reintegrated into the local community. This book argues that English adversarial political culture creates far more incentives to politicize high-profile crimes than Norwegian consensus political culture. Drawing on a wealth of empirical research, Green suggests that the tendency for politicians to justify punitive responses to crime by invoking harsh public attitudes is based upon a flawed understanding of public opinion. 

In a compelling study, Green proposes a more deliberative response to crime is possible by making English culture less adversarial and by making informed public judgment more assessable. 

· Tackles penal populism and the media through the lens of two specific and controversial cases in a unique treatment of this subject 

· Takes an empirical, research-based approach 

· Proposes reform strategies for improving the adversarial nature of English political culture, in contrast to the more descriptive approaches of other texts dealing with the topic 

Autor: David A. Green

Páginas: 200 

About the Author(s) 
Dr. David A. Green is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice, City University of New York. He completed an MPhil in Criminology at the University Of Cambridge Institute Of Criminology in 2001 and was then awarded a Gates Cambridge Scholarship to pursue a PhD. Afterwards, he was Junior Research Fellow at Christ Church, Oxford and Research Associate at the University of Oxford Centre for Criminology.


- Sobre o Caso Silje Redergaard


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