Social Psychology of Punishment of Crime

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Social Psychology of Punishment of Crime

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In recent years, research interest has increased both in the needs of punishment by the public and in the psychological processes underlying decisions on sentencing. This comprehensive look at the social psychology of punishment focuses on recent advances, and presents new findings based on the authors’ own empirical research. Chapters explore the application of social psychology and social cognitive theories to decision making in the context of punishments by judges and the punitiveness of laymen. The book also highlights the different legal systems in the UK, US and Europe, discussing how attitudes to punishment can change in the context of cultural and social development.

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'Systematic research on the social psychological functions ofpunishment has been scarce, and this comprehensive edited volumebrings together many excellent chapters on active research programsbeing conducted n Europe and America. The editors have broughttogether a book that punishment scholars will read it to learn whatis happening in what is now a fast-moving and exciting researcharea. Our gratitude to the editors.' - John Darley

'Social Psychology of Punishment of Crime is a tour de force ofcutting edge research in the psychology of punishment. The editorshave assembled the unique international perspectives of risingstars and established experts from Psychology, Sociology andCriminology in single complete volume. The work is both empiricaland theoretical, and readers will find it to be fresh andenduring.' - Kevin M. Carlsmith

In recent years, research interest both in the needs of thepublic for punishment and in the psychological processes underlyingdecisions on sentencing has increased. Social Psychology ofPunishment of Crime explores the application of socialpsychology and social cognitive theories to decision making, in thecontext of punishments by judges and the attitudes of the public.The book also highlights the different legal systems in the UK, USand Europe, discussing how attitudes to punishment can changein the context of cultural and social development.

The text is divided into four parts:

  • Attitudes towards Punishment and Legal Sanctions in aChanging Society
  • Moral Reasoning and Reactions to Crime
  • Impact of Heuristics and Biases in Decision-Making in theContext of Crime
  • Consequences of Sentencing

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Margit Oswald is Professor of Psychology at the Universityof Berne, Switzerland. She has published numerous book chapters andjournal articles and was Editor of the Swiss Journal ofPsychology.

Jörg Hupfeld-Heinemann is based at the Department ofPsychology, University of Berne, Switzerland.

Steffen Bieneck is based in the Department of Psychology,University of Potsdam, Germany.

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