CRIME, PUNISHMENT AND THE SCOTS / LE CRIME, LE CHATIMENT ET LES ECOSSAIS
15th annual conference of SFEEC – the French Society for Scottish Studies
Université Toulouse – Jean Jaurès, 14 – 16 January 2016
The tandem “crime and punishment” has an eternal feel to it which seems to take us back to the origins of mankind, but, at the same time, it is deeply rooted in the society we live in. Despite the fact that since 1707 Scotland has been a “stateless nation”, the Scots have always adopted a distinctive national approach to these questions which can be seen through their use of language, literature and their collective attitudes in daily life.
For centuries Scotland’s powerful judeo-christian culture has attributed a central place to the notion of guilt and the naming and shaming of the “guilty”. Not even exalted social and political status could exonerate people from such social…
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