Introduction: Criminal Law and Cultural Diversity

Will Kymlicka, Claes Lernested, Matt Matravers

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

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