Do enlightenment ideas (still) matter in crime control?

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In this chapter I argue that the revival of enlightenment ideals in contemporary policymaking has very little to do with the idea that all people have the same basic needs, rights, and status. References to enlightenment values refer to a politics in which tradition and group identity prevail (Maly, 2018). Such political discourses have been gaining momentum in recent years and they pose a threat to a crime control policy in which human rights have become more important the past 40 years. Pleas for a moderate penal policy are therefore becoming less obvious and are more explicitly the subject of political struggle.
Original languageDutch
Title of host publicationSonja Snacken
Subtitle of host publicationEen redelijk eigenzinnige humaniste/Un humaniste engagé/An inspiring humanist
EditorsKristel Beyens, Diete Humblet, Hilde Tubex, An-Sofie Vanhouche, Kristof Verfaillie
ISBN (Electronic)9789461172259
ISBN (Print)9789461170286
Publication statusPublished - 17 Sep 2021


  • crime control policy
  • Enlightenment
  • crime control reform
  • identity politics


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