Religion, Crime and Punishment

An Evolutionary Perspective

Authors: DURRANT, PHD, RUSSIL IAN, Poppelwell, Zoe

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  • Discusses the important role that religion plays in criminal behaviour and the criminal justice system
  • Explores the impact of religion on the rehabilitation of offenders and in peace-making efforts
  • Offers an integrated theoretical framework to summarise existing literature and to outline future research 
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About this book

This book provides a critical discussion of the way in which religion influences: criminal and antisocial behaviour, punishment and the law, intergroup conflict and peace-making, and the rehabilitation of offenders. The authors argue that in order to understand how religion is related to each of these domains it is essential to recognise the evolutionary origins of religion as well as how genetic and cultural evolutionary processes have shaped its essential characteristics. Durrant and Poppelwell posit that the capacity of religion to bind individuals into socially cohesive ‘moral communities’ can help us to understand its complex relationship with cooperation, crime, punishment, inter-group conflict and forgiveness. An original and innovative study, this book will be of special interest to criminologists and other social scientists interested in the role of religion in crime, punishment, intergroup conflict and law.    


About the authors

Russil Durrant is a Senior Lecturer in Criminology at the Institute of Criminology at Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand. 

Zoe Poppelwell is a PhD candidate in the Cultural Anthropology programme at Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand. 


Table of contents (6 chapters)

Table of contents (6 chapters)
  • Why Religion Matters

    Pages 1-17

    Durrant, Russil (et al.)

  • Evolutionary Approaches to Understanding Religion

    Pages 19-53

    Durrant, Russil (et al.)

  • Religion, Crime, and Prosocial Behaviour

    Pages 55-88

    Durrant, Russil (et al.)

  • The Dark Side of Religion? Prejudice, Inter-Group Conflict, and War

    Pages 89-126

    Durrant, Russil (et al.)

  • Religion, Punishment, and the Law

    Pages 127-160

    Durrant, Russil (et al.)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Religion, Crime and Punishment
Book Subtitle
An Evolutionary Perspective
Authors
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-64428-8
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-64428-8
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-64427-1
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-87792-1
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XV, 224
Number of Illustrations
7 b/w illustrations
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