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Comparative criminal justice: beyond ethnocentrism and relativism

Nelken, David (2009) Comparative criminal justice: beyond ethnocentrism and relativism. European Journal of Criminology, 6 (4). pp. 291-311. ISSN 1477-3708

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Identification Number: 10.1177/1477370809104684


How can the study of comparative criminal justice avoid the opposite dangers of ethnocentrism and relativism? The problem is examined taking as an example Cavadino and Dignan's recent analysis of differences in prison rates. The case is made that more attention needs to be given to understanding how different criminal justice systems actually produce prison rates as well as to interpreting the ideas and values that animate those inside and outside the system.

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Additional Information: © 2009 SAGE
Divisions: Law
Subjects: K Law > K Law (General)
Date Deposited: 04 Apr 2011 14:01
Last Modified: 20 Sep 2021 02:01

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