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May 10, 2018 / C H Thompson

Postmodern perspective of crime – revision notes with evaluative points

Henry and Milovanovic (1996)

  • Henry and Milovanovic suggest that crime should be taken beyond the legal definitions to embrace societies set of diverse lifestyles and identities,
  • therefore we need to be freed from the narrow legal definition.
  • crime should be reconceptualised to include people in positions of power who cause social harm.
  • they identified two forms of harm:
  1. Harms of reduction -> power is used to cause immediate loss or injury.
  2. Harms of repression -> power is used to restrict future human development. These include harms threatening human dignity and respect


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