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China, a Punitive Society?

Bakken, Borge


The allegation that punishment is a core element of culture does not seem to explain the rapid changes in attitudes towards the death penalty seen in most modern societies during the last few decades. Attitudes of harshness and death in punishment are much more easily changed than proponents of the “cultural” explanation think. The misunderstandings about China (often held by Chinese themselves) are that a long tradition of harsh punishment has made such values into an unavoidable cultural...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2011
Type: Journal article
Source: Asian Journal of Criminology
DOI: 10.1007/s11417-010-9086-3


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