What is a crime? : defining criminal conduct in contemporary society /

Corporate Author: Law Commission of Canada.
Format: Book
Language: English
Published: Vancouver : UBC Press, c2004.
Series: Legal dimensions series.
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This book is not about what is a crime (which can be easily defined), but rather, what leads a legislative body to call some act a crime? In six chapters and an introduction, 10 authors focused on Canada attempt to answer this question. If acts are seen as threatening a nation's security, then those acts may be defined as crimes. For example, the influx of immigrants to Canada from Southeast Asia led to new legislation that, according to Wendy Chan, criminalized illegal immigration. Changing technology is another factor that leads to new crimes. As various literary works become digitized, resulting in increased copyright violations, these violations become crimes. "Practical" jokes that threaten the public's peace of mind--e.g., falsely reporting bomb threats to some authority--have become defined as crimes. These essays, while not completely persuasive, leave readers with the sense that many of society's putative problems are solved by criminalizing the behavior that has been seen as problematic. ^BSumming Up: Recommended. Upper-division undergraduates and above. D. Harper University of Rochester

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