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„Престъплението без мотив“ и механиката на наказателното правосъдие (Към социология на социалните отклонения)
“Crime without Motive” and the Mechanics of Criminal Justice (Towards the Sociology of Social Deviance)

Author(s): Martin Kanoushev
Subject(s): Social Sciences
Published by: Институтът по философия и социология при БАН

Summary/Abstract: The article represents a sociological study of the relation between “truth and knowledge” in the penal system of (late) modern society and shows how the field of deviant behaviour arose. The main thesis is that modern law and justice, through the new principles and organization of the power of bringing to trial, have created the conditions for the possible appearance of socialdeviations. In brief, through the two series of variables that form the boundaries of the field “reason, – insanity” (on the one hand, the legal case “crime without a motive”, on the other, the binary opposition “legal responsibility – irresponsibility”), contemporary penal power has constituted the pathological individual, this strange “subject”, who is not insane in the traditional sense of the term but is not a “rational human being” either, simply because he is abnormal.

  • Issue Year: 34/2002
  • Issue No: 1+2
  • Page Range: 256-271
  • Page Count: 16
  • Language: Bulgarian