Signs of Sin
By (author) Jonathan Burnside
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Signs of Sin by Jonathan Burnside
Book DescriptionWhat makes one crime more serious than another, and why? This book investigates the problem of "seriousness of offence" in English law from the comparative perspective of biblical law. Burnside takes a semiotic approach to show how biblical conceptions of seriousness are synthesised and communicated through various descriptive and performative registers. Seven case studies show that biblical law discriminates between the seriousness of different offences and between the relative seriousness of the same offence when committed by different people or when performed in different ways. Recurring elements include location and the offender's social statue. The closing chapter considers some of the implications for the current debate about crime and punishment.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780826462183
(234mm x 156mm x 19mm)
Imprint: Sheffield Academic Press
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Publish Date: 13-Feb-2003
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
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Author Biography - Jonathan Burnside
Jonathan Burnside is lecturer in Criminal Law at the University of Bristol, UK.
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