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Introduction: Criminal Law and Cultural Diversity

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Title of host publicationCriminal Law and Cultural Diversity
DatePublished - 2014
Pages1-14
Number of pages14
PublisherOxford University Press
EditorsWill Kymlicka
Original languageEnglish
ISBN (Print)978-0199676590

Abstract

This introductory chapter first situates arguments around the use of culture in the criminal law with respect to political philosophy, on the one hand, and criminal law doctrine on the other. It then discusses the three main themes shared by the essays included in this volume. These are the distinction between societal decisions about criminalization and individual assessments of blameworthiness; the mix of forward and backward-looking goals in the rules of responsibility; and the diverse ways cultural socialization can be invoked to inform judgements of individual responsibility. It then presents an overview of each of the essays in the volume.

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