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Title: Sharing de-brutalisation : anachronizing crime, punishment, inherent harm and wasted potential
Author: Campion, Elizabeth
ISNI:       0000 0004 9357 5208
Awarding Body: Swansea University
Current Institution: Swansea University
Date of Award: 2020
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This study views future societies as likely to look back at punishment, the working poor and inconsistent inaccessible law just as current society looks back at their past counterparts respectively of burning people at the stake, putting children up chimneys and trial by ordeal. It considers how currently accepted brutalities, such as punishment, inherent harm, wasted potential, and even crime that is allowed to continue unabated, might be addressed in shared ways to gradually anachronise such brutalities, along with tackling the factors that could contribute to them. It considers the degree to which common ground might be achievable in this regard, to create a shared culture of de-brutalisation. A shared, de-brutalised and de-brutalising approach to tackle brutality per se, rather than the multifarious expressions thereof, in order to prevent its disparate symptoms simply continuing as multiple wars of attrition, each taking its toll, leaving people to fight to the point that survival means having to ignore suffering or break under its weight or capitulate to its injustices. It will be argued that continuing to deal with each individual brutality piecemeal, in isolation from a coherent whole, may constitute the greatest inherent harm and wasted potential of all. Instead, it seeks strategies for initiating movement towards maximising the potential that exists everywhere and in everyone, while minimising the waste thereof, in order to share the de-brutalisation of the shared world and its societies, on an ongoing holistic basis, de-escalating harm and improving the lives of individuals and their societies. It uses crime and punishment as an exemplar of broader harm and waste and deploys a questionnaire that utilised contemporary academic thinking to place notions on crime and punishment before an entire and complete cohort of offenders on probation in one probation area in one entire month to analyse both their responses to those notions and their own autonomously espoused notions. Speaking in her own ceaseless brutality, the researcher asks whether it is acceptable to let any form of brutality, including one's own, linger to blight lives, let alone escalate to widen and deepen the blight? Whether it be brutality by an individual, an organisation or the state, and whether it be grindingly persistent and unacknowledged by society as brutal, or sudden and shocking and censoriously labelled by society as such, all brutality perhaps needs to be acknowledged, de-escalated and de-normalised, with the earliest possible shared identification of it and intervention to address it, creating a less brutal normality and preventing brutality lingering and escalating to blight more lives more deeply, to thereby try and make real and automatic the UNDHR’s ‘progressive measures’ to enact ‘a common standard’ to prevent ‘barbarous acts’.
Supervisor: Raynor, P. Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral