Necrophilia: punishment or rehabilitation

frampton, Laura Amy (2012) Necrophilia: punishment or rehabilitation. MSc dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    Although necrophilia is an issue many would rather go without considering, it has become increasingly obvious that the ambiguity of necrophilia has a significant impact on our understanding, particularly when jurisdictions have to respond to it. This dissertation looks at the behaviour and offence of necrophilia. It begins by attempting to define necrophilia, which presents one of the key findings of this dissertation, that being there is no universally accepted definition. Instead it provides a range of definitions from various sources. It also reviews past literature including some of the earliest and some of the most significant works on necrophilia that attempt to explain and define the behaviour. In order to understand necrophilia fully, the context in which in can occur must be considered. Thus, the definitions and explanations are followed by an in depth analysis of historical cases which involve necrophilic behaviour, including the infamous cases of Dennis Nilsen and Jeffery Dahmer. Studying past cases reveals contexts in which necrophilia can occur are varying, and this therefore needs to be considered when attempting to respond to necrophilia. A critical analysis of what impact the cases have had on the way in which necrophilia is treated within legal, social and psychiatric discourses is then afforded, which raises the issue of the legislations ability to appropriately deal with necrophilia alone. Finally a critical evaluation of the arguments that advocate punishment and the arguments that advocate treatment is given and by considering all that is raised within this evaluation, a conclusion is drawn upon whether the act of necrophilia should be punished or treated.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > Institute of Criminal Justice Studies
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 24 Jan 2013 14:39
    Last Modified: 28 Jan 2015 12:13

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