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Crime and Punishment: Criminological Aspects in Literature

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Code Science Field Subfield
5.07.00  Social sciences  Criminology and social work   

Code Science Field
S160  Social sciences  Criminology 
crime in art,victim in art,moral values,public inion.
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Researchers (5)
no. Code Name and surname Research area Role Period No. of publicationsNo. of publications
1.  11843  PhD Matjaž Jager  Criminology and social work  Researcher  2004 - 2007  234 
2.  14340  Marija Milenkovič  Criminology and social work  Researcher  2004 - 2007  81 
3.  23489  PhD Mitja Muršič  Criminology and social work  Junior researcher  2004 - 2007  62 
4.  14313  PhD Dragan Petrovec  Criminology and social work  Researcher  2004 - 2007  709 
5.  00413  PhD Alenka Šelih  Criminology and social work  Head  2004 - 2007  637 
Organisations (1)
no. Code Research organisation City Registration number No. of publicationsNo. of publications
1.  0504  Institute of Criminology at the Faculty of Law  Ljubljana  5051525000  4,589 
Since the very beginning literature has focused on crime and crime related phenomena (i.e., from the times of The Bible, old Greek literature to the medieval and postmodern one). It is an enormeus source of data and observations on the deviant and criminal behaviour of all kinds and on the responses of the society and of the individuals. This type of entanglement between literature and science can be seen in particular in the 19th century when many social sciences were decisevely formed, among them also criminology (as well as criminalistics as a police science). Literature was many times the first to identify various criminological phenomena. We could therefore argue that insights in criminology are described and denoted in both kinds of literature - each does it in its own distinctive way. The research project will deal also with various aspects of crime and responses to crime as presented through literature, film etc. For example the "good" cop is usualy able to cope with the crime only by breaking the law as well as the criminal. Public opinion somehow always favours such acts which brings us to conclusion that also this kind of literature may have a strong impact on the creation of conducts that should be unacceptable "per se". In addition literature"s portraits of victims and their behaviour are a good example of perplexity that prevents us to define who is a victim and who a criminal. For example a mother who plays the role of a victim rejected by her children, usually burdens them with feelings of guilt (I. Cankar, D.H. Lawrence).
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