Truth, Intentionality and Evidence: Anthropological Approaches to Crime

1st Edition

Yazid Ben Hounet, Deborah Puccio-Den

Routledge
Published March 31, 2017
Reference - 168 Pages
ISBN 9781138646094 - CAT# Y228113

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Summary

This book provides an anthropological exploration of the ways in which crime is perceived and defined, focusing on notions of truth, intentionality, and evidence. The chapters contain rich ethnographic case studies drawn from work in the Middle East, Africa, India, Mexico and Europe. A variety of instances are discussed, from court proceedings, police reports and newspapers to moments of conflict resolution and reconciliation. Through analysis of this material, the authors reflect on how perception of an act as a crime can differ and how the definition of crime may not be shared by all societies. The approach takes into consideration local standards as well as social, legal and contextual constraints.

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