Group Problems in Crime and Punishment: And Other Studies in Criminology and Criminal Law

Group Problems in Crime and Punishment: And Other Studies in Criminology and Criminal Law

Group Problems in Crime and Punishment: And Other Studies in Criminology and Criminal Law

Group Problems in Crime and Punishment: And Other Studies in Criminology and Criminal Law

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In the present volume material has been collected written in the course of the past twenty years and, with a few exceptions, already published in various periodicals in the form of articles, reports or reviews. Many of these papers are enlarged versions of special lectures delivered at Universities or to other scientific bodies in this country and abroad. The material has throughout been revised and brought up to date by adding brief introductory or concluding remarks and further references to recent legislation, literature, and other subsequent developments. An attempt has also been made to revise the writer's English style which, naturally, was particularly atrocious in papers written in the early period before the war. In the case of lectures or addresses traces of the version in which they were originally delivered have, here and there, been preserved as a reminder that the occasion for which the material was first prepared should not be entirely ignored. While the title of the volume has been taken from the theme of its first Part, it will be apparent to readers of other Parts, in particular of Chapters 5, 6, 8 and 12, that 'group problems' are in fact the leitmotiv of the whole book. To some extent the Chapters dealing with criminal law will appeal to a public somewhat different from that interested in criminological and penological subjects. There can be little doubt, however, that a process of drawing nearer is slowly taking place between the legal and the sociological-penological ways of approach to problems of crime, a process which greatly facilitates mutual understanding and justifies the inclusion in the same volume of papers belonging to these different disciplines. Even so, several lengthy essays of a predominantly legal character had to be omitted for reasons of space. Moreover, material of mainly ephemeral interest has been excluded or drastically pruned.

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