TITLE

THE DIALECTICAL POTENTIAL OF RELIGION AS A SOLUTION TO THE CRIME PROBLEM: A REVIEW OF QUINNEY'S PROVIDENCE AND SHOHAM'S SALVATION

AUTHOR(S)
Bohm, Robert M.
PUB. DATE
May 1985
SOURCE
Humanity & Society;May85, Vol. 9 Issue 2, p197
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
The article discusses the essay "The Dialectical Potential of Religion As a Solution to the Crime Problem: A Review of Quinney's Providence and Shoham's Salvation." This essay critically examines criminologist Richard Quinney's application of liberation theology to the quest for a solution to the crime problem. The principal thesis of this essay is that religion manifests a dialectical potential. It is potentially both an institution that may contribute to social change and to liberation from crime and an institution that may be employed to impede social change or to maintain the status quo. More importantly, with regard to the latter, religion may not only exacerbate crime, it may itself be criminogenic. Religion, in this essay refers to a belief based on faith in a divine or superhuman power or powers to be obeyed and worshipped as the creator and ruler of the universe. Conventional wisdom suggests that as an indirect cause of crime, religion is not of much consequence. It is assumed that whatever indirect influence it has on criminal behavior is offset by its direct role in the socialization process.
ACCESSION #
11610513

 

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