Conflicts as property


My suspicion is that criminology to some extent has amplified a process where conflicts have been taken away from the parties directly involved and thereby have either disappeared or become other people’s property (…) Criminal conflicts have either become other people’s property—primarily the property of lawyers—or it has been in other people’s interests to define conflicts away.

Nils Christie (1977) Conflicts as property. British Journal of Criminology, 17(1), 1-15.

Nils Christie, one of the most influential and foremost criminologists, passed away on the 27th May 2015.


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