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This introduction presents an overview of the key concepts discussed in the subsequent chapters of this book. It essentially falls into three categories that can be loosely defined as: Othering in the penal sphere; Othering, immigration and the control of strangers; and the social process of Othering. This chapter challenges a number of Anglospheric assumptions about the Indigenous Other and reinstates the ongoing importance of place as the locus for struggles between settler states and Indigenous peoples. The book provides a critical analysis of social distancing in action and, when appropriate, a discussion of where morality is located within such processes and outcomes. It opens with a chapter by Peter Scharff Smith, a Danish human rights scholar and penologist who explores and questions Bauman's thesis on the Holocaust and what it means for a re-examination of genocide, and, importantly, for the discipline of criminology.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPunishing the Other
Subtitle of host publicationThe Social Production of Immorality Revisited
EditorsAnna Eriksson
Place of PublicationAbingdon Oxon UK
Number of pages10
ISBN (Print)9781138776944
Publication statusPublished - 2016

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