Amedeo Cottino


Professor of Sociology of Law at the Department of Social Sciences, University of Turin

  • Crime prevention and control: Western beliefs vs. traditional legal practices

    First, the paper deals with the current idea that punishment – conceived as the loss of liberty – has an effect in preventing unlawful behaviour. It shows that, in general, sanctions have a poor individual preventive effect and that general prevention depends on a variety of factors. The second question is that of the feasibility of non-stigmatizing ways to cope with crime. The authos looks at two examples borrowed from legal anthropology which seem to indicate that viable alternatives exist.