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(p. 478) 21. Religion, crime, and violence 

(p. 478) 21. Religion, crime, and violence
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(p. 478) 21. Religion, crime, and violence
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Simon Cottee

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10.1093/he/9780198719441.003.0022
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date: 20 August 2019

This chapter explores the relationship between crime and religion, focusing in particular on jihadist religious violence. It is concerned to explain why the relationship between religion and violence is so contested and how it has been understood or, in some cases, explained away. It also addresses the construction of religion in criminology as a ‘prosocial’ social control mechanism, and goes on to sketch out how criminology can engage more fully and fruitfully with religious-based violence.

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