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Most Underappreciated50 Prominent Social Psychologists Describe Their Most Unloved Work$
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Robert Arkin

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199778188

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199778188.001.0001

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Hidden Gems about Justice Research

Hidden Gems about Justice Research

The Psychology of Punitiveness

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Most Underappreciated
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Tom R. Tyler

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199778188.003.0052

Tom R. Tyler reflects on his most underappreciated work: a paper on criminal justice and the psychology of punitiveness. Tyler collaborated with Robert Boeckmann to explore the psychology of punitiveness and sought a more compelling strategy for social change within the context of symbolic politics by focusing on California's “three-strikes law” and the non-instrumental reasons that people had for supporting it. The results revealed a very social psychological perspective on punishment and showed that punitiveness is related to judgments concerning the nature of society.

Keywords:   Tom R. Tyler, criminal justice, psychology of punitiveness, Robert Boeckmann, social change, symbolic politics, California, three-strikes law, punishment

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