Five Techniques of Neutralization and After the Fact versus Prior to the Fact

Five Techniques of Neutralization and After the Fact versus Prior to the Fact

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Five Techniques of Neutralization and After the Fact versus Prior to the Fact List and explain the five techniques of neutralization. What do we mean when we say these may be rationalizations after the fact instead of neutralizations prior to the fact? The five techniques of neutralization are: denial of responsibility, denial of injury, denial of victim, condemnation at the condemners, and appeal to higher loyalties. The denial of responsibility means that the criminal tries to justify their actions by convincing themselves it’s not their fault. Someone or something else is to blame for what happened rather than the individual. Denial of injury is where the individual believes the victim can afford what happened, so it is not a crime. An example of this would be someone stealing a relatively small amount from a wealthy person. Denial of victim is when the criminal believes that the victim had it
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Unformatted text preview: coming. They believe that what they did was justified because the victim somehow deserved it. The condemnation of the condemners is the belief that everyone is crooked, anyway, so why should they judge me? If they can do it, so can I. finally, appealing to the higher loyalties takes the guilt off of the individual by saying that they had to do it for their gang, or for some other cause. All of these are ways to reduce guilt or justify one’s actions for the crimes that they commit. However, these techniques are implemented after the fact. No one wants to see themselves as bad people, so when we do something bad, we want to justify it so we can live and see ourselves as good people, rather than as criminals. Though our actions suggest us to be criminals, we wish to see otherwise. Do to this, we neutralize our criminal behaviors in order to continue our actions....
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