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Guilt, shame and situational crime prevention

WORTLEY, RK; (1996) Guilt, shame and situational crime prevention. In: The politics and practice of situational crime prevention. (115 - 132). Green open access

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Abstract

This paper builds on Clarke and Homel's (in press) expansion of the situational crime prevention model, which includes new techniques for making the potential offender feel guilty or ashamed about their contemplated crime. In place of Clarke and Homel's single category of "inducing guilt or shame," two separate categories involving the manipulation of internal controls (guilt) and social controls (including shame) are proposed. The addition of these categories expands the repertoire of available crime prevention techniques by giving fuller recognition to the subtleties and complexities of the motivations to commit crime implicit in the rational choice perspective. It is argued that the new strategies also "soften" the narrow, target-hardening image of the situational approach, and may help researchers avoid counterproductive situational crime prevention effects.

Type: Book chapter
Title: Guilt, shame and situational crime prevention
ISBN: 1-881798-06-2
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Publisher version: https://www.rienner.com/title/The_Politics_and_Pra...
Language: English
Additional information: Used with permission by Lynne Rienner Publishers, Inc.
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Engineering Science
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Engineering Science > Dept of Security and Crime Science
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1301888
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