Crime, Shame and Reintegration

Crime, Shame and Reintegration
  • By John Braithwaite

  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press

    Online Publication Date:June 2012

    Online ISBN:9780511804618

    Hardback ISBN:9780521355674

    Paperback ISBN:9780521356688

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    Subjects: Criminology

This book, a contribution to general criminological theory, suggests that the key to why some societies have higher crime rates than others lies in the way different cultures go about the social process of shaming wrongdoers. Shaming can be counterproductive, making crime problems worse. But when shaming is done within a cultural context of respect for the offender, it can be extraordinarily powerful, efficient, and just form of social control.


"This book seems likely to become a classic. It will be widely read, and its claims should inspire a good deal of empirical research. If the theory of reintegrative shaming proves to explain even a portion of the topics Braithwaite addresses, this book will have made an important, lasting contribution." Joel Best, Social Forces

"Anyone who wants to become or remain well informed about theories of crime and deviance should have this book on the bookshelf." Contemporary Sociology