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By Margaret Malloch, Bill Munro

This booklet explores the relevance of utopia in terms of modern criminology. the diversity of participants discover the applying of a utopian strategy for uncovering the aptitude inside of criminology and legal justice, in addition to the relevance of the utopian impulse for constructing a problem to the established order in academia and past.

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His practical attempt to change social conditions is evident in his writing A New View of Society (1991[1813–1816]), where he set out his view of social change. He challenged existing laws that failed to recognise the current system as unjust: How much longer shall we continue to allow generation after generation to be taught crime from their infancy, and, when so taught, hunt them like beasts of the forest until they are entangled beyond escape in the toils and nets of the law? when, if the circumstances of those poor unpitied sufferers had been reversed with those who are even surrounded with the pomp and dignity of justice, these Margaret Malloch 29 latter would have been at the bar of the culprit, and the former would have been in the judgment seat.

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11 By contrast, small-scale ‘artisan’ communities aimed to create cohesion and unity through community belonging and shared ideals. Here too, crime would be an aberration, with discord addressed through integration and reconciliation. For many ‘utopian’ communities, the very nature of the community itself and the mode of living in place pre-empted the existence of ‘crime’; in essence, by addressing the social problems of contemporary life and creating an alternative (to the status quo), the incidence of crime in itself was dissolved.

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