Debating The Death Penalty

Is the death penalty ever justified?  Does it act as an effective deterrent, or is it the essence of an overly-retributive criminal justice system?  Here, Craig Harper tries to unpack some of the issues surrounding the death penalty debate, and puts forward the argument that support for the reintroduction may be deep-rooted within the individual psyche of the ‘common man’.

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Can Economics Help Us To Understand Mental Disorder?

What are the key drivers of mental illness?  Is mental distress a medical problem, treatable by medication by a prescribing doctor?  Is it a normal reaction to troubling economic times?  Should we try to treat people, or the society within which they live?  Craig Harper tries to unpack some of these issues, arguing that the social darwinist environment that has been bought about by neoliberal capitalism contributes to the development and maintenance of mental ill health.  He also argues that Western governments can, and should, do more to address this issue.

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Is Sexual Crime Really A Moral Panic?

The notion of moral panics, as described initially by Stanley Cohen (1972/2002), refers to how phenomena that threaten social norms are exaggerated and promoted as a problem that threatens the very nature of a society.  According to Goode and Ben-Yehuda (1994), there are five key aspects to a moral panic.  In this post, Craig Harper (PhD Researcher in Forensic Psychology) investigates whether all five of these aspects are satisfied in relation to sexual crime.

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