Action and Value in Criminal Law by Stephen Shute, Visit Amazon's John Gardner Page, search

By Stephen Shute, Visit Amazon's John Gardner Page, search results, Learn about Author Central, John Gardner, , Jeremy Horder

During this not easy selection of new essays, top philosophers and legal attorneys from the USA, the uk, and Canada holiday with the culture of treating the philosophical foundations of legal legislation as an accessory to the research of punishment. Focusing in actual fact at the important problems with ethical good fortune, mistake, and psychological disease, this quantity goals to reorient the research of legal legislation. within the means of retrieving necessary fabric from conventional legislation classifications, the individuals holiday down fake institutions, demonstrate hidden truths, and determine new styles of proposal. Their continually illuminating and occasionally startling conclusions makes this crucial studying for all these attracted to the philosophy of felony legislation.

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Today, however, many of the disappeared women are yet to be accounted for. Moreover, Downtown Eastside (DTES) residents and activists report that more women—some estimate as many as twenty by 2008—had gone “missing” from the area since the start of the Missing People Trial in 2002 (Culbert, “‘Nothing’s Changed’”). The case of Vancouver’s Missing Women, people who are often described in media reports as prostitutes and drug addicts, can be understood as a cultural text. This text brings into high relief the recurrent conflation in post-industrial Canadian culture of, on the one hand, what might be called the “character” of city streets and, on the other hand, the character of the women who work those streets.

Such an understanding of culture (and ideology, in the Althusserian sense of the word) highlights the powerful effects of exclusive, racist, or misogynist stories—as well as the widespread cultural changes that the dissemination of less destructive narratives could enact and perpetuate. As Nigerian storyteller Ben Okri writes, One way or another we are living in the stories planted in us early or along the way, or we are also living the stories we planted— knowingly or unknowingly—in ourselves.

Such a discussion exposes the sinister underpinnings of mainstream socio-political responses to sex work as a public or social issue, and highlights the immense cultural resistance sex workers and their allies face today as they struggle to destigmatize prostitution and thus to prevent the extreme violence to which members of this industry—as well as those who are assumed to be sex workers—are subjected. resisting dominant representations Community-based, province-wide, and nation-wide efforts to remember the Missing Women, to demand justice in the name of the Missing, and to reconceptualize the place of sex work and sex workers in contemporary urban Canada have grown out of the Vancouver case.

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