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Punishing Monsters, Judging Aliens: Justice at the Borders of Community

Punishing Monsters, Judging Aliens: Justice at the Borders of Community AbstractThe article asks the questions of how we could, and why we should, do justice topeople who are outside the limits of our geographical, political, moral orcognitive communities. After looking at political, moral and criminologicalaspects of the relationship between community and justice, the article arguesthat the tendency in late-modern societies is to treat those we cannotunderstand or whose presence among us is unsought-for — aliens— as if they were dangerous and other than human —monsters. The article then draws on recent work by Bauman, Derrida, Habermas,and Rorty to look for new ideas which could form a basis for theories of justicewhich could move beyond the borders of community. It is suggested that theethics of hospitality espoused by these writers is the bestbasis currently available for a form of justice which could react to thestranger without hostility. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Australian & New Zealand Journal of Criminology SAGE

Punishing Monsters, Judging Aliens: Justice at the Borders of Community

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Publisher
SAGE
Copyright
Copyright © by SAGE Publications
ISSN
0004-8658
eISSN
1837-9273
DOI
10.1375/acri.39.2.232
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Abstract

AbstractThe article asks the questions of how we could, and why we should, do justice topeople who are outside the limits of our geographical, political, moral orcognitive communities. After looking at political, moral and criminologicalaspects of the relationship between community and justice, the article arguesthat the tendency in late-modern societies is to treat those we cannotunderstand or whose presence among us is unsought-for — aliens— as if they were dangerous and other than human —monsters. The article then draws on recent work by Bauman, Derrida, Habermas,and Rorty to look for new ideas which could form a basis for theories of justicewhich could move beyond the borders of community. It is suggested that theethics of hospitality espoused by these writers is the bestbasis currently available for a form of justice which could react to thestranger without hostility.

Journal

Australian & New Zealand Journal of CriminologySAGE

Published: Aug 1, 2006

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