Guilt, shame and situational crime prevention

  • Wortley R
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Abstract

This paper builds on Clarke and Homel's (in press) expansion of the situational crime prevention model, which includes new techniques for making the potential offender feel guilty or ashamed about their contem- plated crime. In place of Clarke and Homel's single category of "inducing guilt or shame," two separate categories involving the manipulation of internal controls (guilt) and social controls (including shame) are proposed. The addition of these categories expands the repertoire of available crime preven- tion techniques by giving fuller recognition to the subtleties and complexities of the motivations to commit crime implicit in the rational choice perspective. It is argued that the new strategies also "soften" the narrow, target-harden- ing image of the situational approach, and may help researchers avoid counterproductive situational crime prevention effects.

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  • Richard Wortley

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