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Criminal Law and Cultural Diversity$
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Will Kymlicka, Claes Lernestedt, and Matt Matravers

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199676590

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199676590.001.0001

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Criminal Law and Cultural Diversity

(p.1) 1 Introduction
Criminal Law and Cultural Diversity

Will Kymlicka

Claes Lernestedt

Matt Matravers

Oxford University Press

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 judgments of individual responsibility. It then presents an overview of each of the essays in the volume.

Keywords:   blameworthiness, criminal law, criminalization, cultural defense, responsibility, socialization

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