Defining Crime
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AbstractWhat does it actually mean to say that a behavior in question is a “crime”? This chapter addresses the concept of crime as a function of the harmful consequences rendered, immorality, and legal contravention. Crime can also be politically shaped, as reflected in major political challenges to the criminal law, including crimes against the state, cross-border crimes, and legal bilingualism, which stem from the assumption of sovereignty over Hong Kong by the People’s Republic of China in 1997. Although the criminal law has been one of the most trusted institutions for people in Hong Kong, it is only one of the geneses of the definition of crime. The socio-cultural beliefs and resulting public perceptions of crime in Hong Kong further indicate that crime is more than an objective attribute and that it involves subjective evaluation.
All Author(s) ListNicole W.T. Cheung
All Editor(s) ListWing Hong Chui, T. Wing Lo
EditionSecond Edition
Book titleUnderstanding Criminal Justice in Hong Kong
Place of PublicationLondon and New York
Pages23 - 37
LanguagesEnglish-United Kingdom
KeywordsConcepts of Crime

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