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Receiving an on the spot penalty: A Tale of Morality, Common-sense and Law-abidance

Snow, AJ Receiving an on the spot penalty: A Tale of Morality, Common-sense and Law-abidance. Criminology and Criminal Justice. ISSN 1748-8966 (Accepted)

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This article examines citizens’ reactions to being issued with an on the spot penalty and the consequences this has for holding a law-abiding identity. Using mundane examples of statutory requirements regulating everyday life (motoring), it is found that people use common-sense purposive reasoning in their interpretation of law which does not match the actual black letter law application of the specific statutes. The lack of congruence between the purposive understandings of legal requirements and the black letter application of enforcement agencies allows citizens to maintain a moral position that is aligned with the aims of the law but not its actual requirements. This process reaffirms a belief in law-abidance even where the citizen has been found to break the law.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: 1602 Criminology
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology
K Law > K Law (General)
K Law > KD England and Wales
Divisions: Law
Publisher: SAGE Publications
Date Deposited: 13 Nov 2017 09:55
Last Modified: 12 Oct 2019 21:56
URI: https://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/7538

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