Murders And Madness

by Ruth Harris

Oxford University Press | June 1, 1989 | Hardcover

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This is an interdisciplinary study of the debate on crime and madness in France between 1880 and 1914. Harris argues that the traditional bases of the French penal system were undermined at the time by psychiatric theories of human behavior and new sociological interpretations of crime, which
challenged legal concepts of free will and moral responsibility. The book also examines the evolution of a new kind of knowledge, and shows how the politique criminelle envisaged by specialists was the result of the interaction among the bureaucratic culture of the magistrates, the clinical and
scientific world of the psychiatrists, and the background of the defendants.

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 388 Pages, 8.27 × 5.12 × 0.79 in

Published: June 1, 1989

Publisher: Oxford University Press

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0198229917

ISBN - 13: 9780198229919

Found in: Social and Cultural Studies

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Murders And Madness

Murders And Madness

by Ruth Harris

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 388 Pages, 8.27 × 5.12 × 0.79 in

Published: June 1, 1989

Publisher: Oxford University Press

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0198229917

ISBN - 13: 9780198229919

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This is an interdisciplinary study of the debate on crime and madness in France between 1880 and 1914. Harris argues that the traditional bases of the French penal system were undermined at the time by psychiatric theories of human behavior and new sociological interpretations of crime, which
challenged legal concepts of free will and moral responsibility. The book also examines the evolution of a new kind of knowledge, and shows how the politique criminelle envisaged by specialists was the result of the interaction among the bureaucratic culture of the magistrates, the clinical and
scientific world of the psychiatrists, and the background of the defendants.
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