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The Resource Does the law morally bind the poor? or, What good's the Constitution when you can't afford a loaf of bread?, R. George Wright

Does the law morally bind the poor? or, What good's the Constitution when you can't afford a loaf of bread?, R. George Wright

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Does the law morally bind the poor? or, What good's the Constitution when you can't afford a loaf of bread?
Title
Does the law morally bind the poor? or, What good's the Constitution when you can't afford a loaf of bread?
Statement of responsibility
R. George Wright
Title variation
What good's the constitution when you can't afford a loaf of bread?
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
  • Imagine you return home one day to find the cords on your window sashes gone. A number of reasons for their disappearance might occur to you. Most of us, however, would not immediately consider that intravenous drug users had taken the cords for the purpose of fixing. Yet, for some, this possibility would seem quite likely
  • Or consider the horror we feel when we learn of a crime such as that committed by Robert Alton Harris, who commandeered a car, killed the two teenage boys in it, and then finished what was left of their lunch. What we don't consider in our reaction to the depravity of this act is that, whether we morally blame him or not, Harris has led a life almost unimaginably different from our own in crucial respects
  • In this book R. George Wright traces the most basic legal and political implications of life in circumstances far bleaker than those with which most of us are familiar. While the poor live in the same world as the rest of us, he argues, their world is crucially different. The law, however, fails to recognize this difference. By not taking proper account of the circumstances of the severely deprived, we often make assumptions that violate logic and fairness
  • Wright's analysis explores the Constitution as it is applied to the poor in our society. He then argues that the law is inconsistent in excusing the trespasses of persons fleeing unexpected storms but not those of the involuntarily homeless. He persuasively concludes that we can reject crude environmental determinism withot holding the most deprived to unreasonable standards
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DLC
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Wright, R. George
Government publication
government publication of a state province territory dependency etc
Index
index present
LC call number
KF9243.5
LC item number
.W75 1996
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Series statement
Critical America
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  • Criminal liability
  • Public welfare
  • Poor
Label
Does the law morally bind the poor? or, What good's the Constitution when you can't afford a loaf of bread?, R. George Wright
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 185-215) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Does the Constitution morally bind the poor? -- The progressive logic of criminal responsibility and the circumstances of the most deprived -- Desperation and necessity : les miserables
Control code
33983870
Dimensions
22 cm
Extent
vii, 219 pages
Isbn
9780814792940
Isbn Type
(cloth : acid-free paper)
Lccn
95050202
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Label
Does the law morally bind the poor? or, What good's the Constitution when you can't afford a loaf of bread?, R. George Wright
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 185-215) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Does the Constitution morally bind the poor? -- The progressive logic of criminal responsibility and the circumstances of the most deprived -- Desperation and necessity : les miserables
Control code
33983870
Dimensions
22 cm
Extent
vii, 219 pages
Isbn
9780814792940
Isbn Type
(cloth : acid-free paper)
Lccn
95050202
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n

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