Criminal Actions and Social Situations

Understanding the Role of Structure and Intentionality

Authors: Amatrudo, Anthony

  • Interrogates the nature of responsibility and how people act within groups
  • Questions differing levels of culpability when people are engaged in a criminal act
  • Appeals to a wide range of scholars within the Social Sciences: criminologists, sociologists and practitioners
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This book develops a more nuanced, and technically rigorous, account of persons and groups in the context of intentional action and responsibility. Until now criminologists have taken groups as fairly straightforward associations and neglected the technical – and problematic – issues of how intention and action both structure membership and action. Amatrudo also assesses the often-overlooked fleeting nature of many groups and the overstated continuity of group membership, and this book has radical implications for the way we describe criminal groupings e.g. “criminal” groups with their loose bonds but tight sense of intentionality from criminogenic groups with their tight bonds and loose sense of intentionality. A key issue investigated here is the implications involved for people incarcerated on joint criminal enterprise charges and gang membership-related charges; and this timely topic will be of great interest to academics and students of Criminology, Law, Sociology and a variety of other Social Sciences. The volume will also be useful for lawyers, social workers, community workers and others involved in the criminal justice system.

About the authors

Dr Anthony Amatrudo is Associate Professor of Criminology at Middlesex University School of Law, UK.

Reviews

“This book makes a vital contribution to criminologists’ understanding of the limits of shared criminal responsibility. Drawing on philosophy, law and sociology – and through exploration of real world examples – Amatrudo argues for a more technical and restricted concept of collective responsibility that would place more emphasis on intention and limit recourse to racialised stereotypes of ‘the gang’ in cases of joint enterprise.” (Lizzie Seal, Reader in Criminology, University of Sussex, UK)

“Criminal Actions and Social Situations provides a powerfully insightful exploration of individual responsibility and the situational context from which these behaviors are performed. However, rather than view the individual and the social as discrete philosophical categories, Amatrudo explores the ways in which individual responsibility is reflected in group behavior and how group behavior implicates the individual in its actions. This is a must read.” (David Polizzi, Associate Professor, Department of Criminology & Criminal Justice, Indiana State University, USA)

“In this book Amatrudo takes the analytical scalpel to the criminological discourse on collective action, intentionality and culpability. This is no mean feat and the book therefore deserves to be read widely.” (Ronnie Lippens, Keele University, UK)

Table of contents (7 chapters)

  • The Central Problem of Collective Action

    Amatrudo, Anthony

    Pages 3-32

  • Collective Actions and Goals

    Amatrudo, Anthony

    Pages 33-60

  • Mobs, Masses and Treating People as Groups

    Amatrudo, Anthony

    Pages 63-87

  • Organisations and Their Enterprise in UK Criminal Law and in International Law

    Amatrudo, Anthony

    Pages 89-115

  • Real-Life Cases: War Criminal Prosecutions and the Treatment of Membership of Illegal Organisations

    Amatrudo, Anthony

    Pages 119-143

Buy this book

eBook $49.99
price for USA (gross)
  • ISBN 978-1-137-45731-8
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $65.00
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-1-137-45730-1
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Criminal Actions and Social Situations
Book Subtitle
Understanding the Role of Structure and Intentionality
Authors
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-45731-8
DOI
10.1057/978-1-137-45731-8
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-45730-1
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
X, 196
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