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The role of moral emotions in crime causation

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This talk explores the role of moral emotion and morality in crime causation by presenting data from the Peterborough Adolescent and Young Adult Development Study (PADS+), a 10-year longitudinal study with a sample of 700 young people. This will include data from in-depth interviews with a violent subsample. Morality has been largely ignored within criminological research; furthermore, within morality, moral emotions have been relatively neglected. Until recently, criminology offered no theory to adequately explain how and under what circumstances crime occurs. Situational Action Theory offers an explanation of crime in which it views all acts of crime as acts of moral rule breaking, and crucially, attempts to explain how individual factors such as moral emotion interact with environmental factors.

This talk is part of the Darwin College Humanities and Social Sciences Seminars series.

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