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Crime, Shame and Reintegration
A contribution to general criminological theory is supplied by this study's claim that the key to why some societies have higher crime rates than others lies in the way different cultures shame wrongdoing.
Paperback, 236 pages
Published March 23rd 1989 by Cambridge University Press
(first published 1989)
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I feel like this 1989 classic could stand to be edited for a new edition. It's clear Braithwaite knows his topic. And his reintegrative shaming theory is definitely interesting. But the repetition got, well, a bit repetitive. Frequently he would mention topics briefly for a paragraph or two only to change the topic and say that there'd be more on that later. Um. In chapter one he goes so far as to say that you wouldn't miss much by skipping to chapter four. Double um. Thanks? The basic organizat ...more
3.5 stars. Very jargon-y, but I was interested in the ideas presented. Focuses on how shame can be either disintegrative (isolating and stigmatizing) or reintegrative (offering opportunities for people to make up for what they've done and reconnect to the community).