Sort Crimes, Not Criminals
It is easy to make a mess of crime definitions by mixing up two distinct questions: First, what crimes do people commit — before anything is done about them? Second, how does the justice system act after it decides a crime has occurred? The second question brings with it many more complexities: Whether a crime happened this time; whether this person did it; whether the accused are treated equally by the justice system; and how people in different places and times act or do nothing. This chapter seeks to answer only the first question — what crime is before something is done about it.
Oxford Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.
If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.