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Crime, Reason and History
A Critical Introduction to Criminal Law

3rd Edition


Part of Law in Context

  • Date Published: October 2014
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521516464

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  • Many books seek to explain the general principles of the criminal law. Crime, Reason and History stands out and alone as a book that critically and concisely analyses these principles and comes up with a different viewpoint: that the law is shaped by social history and therefore systematically structured around conflicting elements. Updated extensively to include two new chapters on loss of control and self defence and with an extended treatment of offence and defence, this new edition combines challenging and sophisticated analysis with accessibility.

    • Proposes a different understanding of criminal law, which provides students with an alternative critical account that they can compare with other more orthodox texts
    • Provides a broader, contextual treatment that sees the law as evolving in particular social conditions
    • Challenges the basic assumption that the general principles of the criminal law are to be understood as consistent and coherent and encourages students to think beyond them
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    Product details

    • Edition: 3rd Edition
    • Date Published: October 2014
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521516464
    • length: 424 pages
    • dimensions: 254 x 180 x 30 mm
    • weight: 0.94kg
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. Context:
    1. Contradiction, critique and criminal law
    2. The historical context of criminal doctrine
    Part II. Mens Rea:
    3. Motive and intention
    4. Recklessness
    Part III. Actus Reus:
    6. Acts and omissions
    7. Causation
    Part IV. Defences:
    8. Necessity and duress
    9. Insanity and diminished responsibility
    10. Self defence
    11. Loss of control
    Part V. Concluding:
    12. Sentencing
    13. Conclusion.

  • Author

    Alan Norrie, University of Warwick
    Alan Norrie is Head of School and Professor in the School of Law at the University of Warwick.

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