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Dionysius's brutal sense of entitlement: Plato's contribution to criminogenic needs

Fisher, S., Hall, G. and Beven, J.P. (2008) Dionysius's brutal sense of entitlement: Plato's contribution to criminogenic needs. Psychology, Crime & Law, 14 (5). pp. 451-459.

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Criminogenic needs are now well established in the fields of psychology and criminology as factors that identify risk of criminal behaviour and recidivism. We propose that an inflated sense of entitlement may also be identified as a criminogenic need. An examination of the literature revealed an extensive variety of descriptions pertaining to an inflated sense of entitlement from character excesses to character deficits. However, whilst the wide variety of notions may be correct, there has been no mention, nor acknowledgement, of the origin of the concept of a sense of entitlement. In this article we will illustrate how an inflated sense of entitlement underpins criminal behaviour in general and violent behaviour in particular by using the framework proposed by Plato. An inflated sense of entitlement is then is discussed in response to each of the criteria required to be classified as a criminogenic need. This notion is purely theoretical and will benefit from qualitative exploration and quantitative investigation.

Item Type: Journal Article
Murdoch Affiliation(s): School of Law
Publisher: Taylor and Francis
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