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A Philosophy of the Social Construction of Crime$
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David Polizzi

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9781447327325

Published to University Press Scholarship Online: May 2016

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447327325.001.0001

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The phenomenology of the social construction of crime: Social context and structural realities, and the meaning of being

The phenomenology of the social construction of crime: Social context and structural realities, and the meaning of being

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A Philosophy of the Social Construction of Crime
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David Polizzi

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447327325.003.0002

The social construction of crime reflects a phenomenological process that is fundamentally inseparable from the social world. The emerging construction(s) of social knowledge are lived from context specific encounters between individual “subject” and social world, which reveals the character of lived-experience and social world. Any understanding, therefore, of the meaning of the production of crime or criminal behavior is contingent upon the reality of this unified phenomenon. The configuration of social knowledge, as it relates to the production of crime, can never be viewed as an isolated event of human experience; rather, it reflects the various ways in which human experience finds itself as a being-in-the-world.

Keywords:   face to face encounter, Trayvon Martin, Dasein, the body

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