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Solidarity, Crime, and Punishment – A European Perspective Beyond Durkheim

School of Law, University of Leeds

Tuesday, 5 April 2016 from 12:00 to 13:00 (BST)

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This seminar is part of the CCJS PGR seminar series, where postgraduate students present their work and answer questions about it. This is a free event but registration is required in advance. A light lunch will be provided.

Durkheimian theory suggests crime and punishment bring people together by reinforcing social order, cohesion, and solidarity. On the other hand, theory and research on the fear of crime argue crime constrains social interaction across social subgroups. Additionally, harsh punishment and cultures of control may contribute to the creation of criminal stereotypes. The latter processes decrease solidarity in society.

Cross-national explorations of the link between crime and social solidarity are scarce. The paper aims to address this gap by assessing how the collective experience of crime and punishment is associated with social solidarity – defined as the willingness to help other people – in 17 European countries.

Solidarity is assessed using survey data and information on welfare state activities.

Furthermore, the study takes a multi-dimensional approach to conceptualize the collective experience of crime: (1) indicators of crime such as homicide and assault rates; (2) the strength of police forces and the private security sector; (3) the criminal justice system’s punitive reaction; (4) politicians’ emphasis on law and order policies.

Using multilevel analysis the paper investigates how each of these four dimensions relates to social solidarity in European societies between 2000 and 2010.

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1.09, Liberty Building
University of Leeds
LS2 9JT

(Please use postcode LS6 1AN for Sat Navs)

The Liberty Building is number 16 on the campus map.

 

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School of Law
Liberty Building, University of Leeds
Leeds
United Kingdom

Tuesday, 5 April 2016 from 12:00 to 13:00 (BST)


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School of Law, University of Leeds

The School of Law is one of the leading law schools in the UK and has been providing instruction in law since its inception in 1899.

Today, we have a community of around eighty dedicated academic staff and thirty support staff who foster a supportive environment for legal studies at undergraduate and postgraduate level.

The School has been ranked 8th in the UK for the quality and impact of our research, according to the Research Excellence Framework (REF 2014) and 1st in the Russell Group for student satisfaction in the National Student Survey 2018.

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