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The Preventive Turn in Criminal Law

Henrique Carvalho


This book presents a theoretical examination of the rise and expansion of preventive criminal offences that has gained momentum in Anglo-American criminal justice since the late twentieth century. It shows how recent transformations in criminal law and justice are intrinsically related to and embedded in the way liberal society and liberal law have been imagined, developed, and conditioned by their social, political, and historical contexts. The book starts by identifying a tension, within contemporary criminal law, between the importance given to the expression of individual autonomy and resp ... More

Keywords: criminal law, criminalization, punishment, prevention, preventive turn, criminal subjectivity, criminal responsibility, dangerousness, liberal imaginary, civil order

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780198737858
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2017 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198737858.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Henrique Carvalho, author
Assistant Professor, Warwick Law School, University of Warwick