The Role of Public Opprobrium in Adjusting Socio-Legal Behavior
Public opprobrium is a relatively little-discussed factor in the social sphere and in the sphere of law, due to its relativity, the concept of shame and social contempt being variable from one society to another. One of the conclusions reached has been that „the positive evolution and prosperity of society depend on how the legal system is harmonizing with the moral system” (Hotca 2017). In this approach to the application of the law in society, besides specialized and institutionalized means, the social reaction to deviant behaviors in relation to the most important social values, a reaction described by the concept of public opprobrium or moral opprobrium, plays an important role. In this article, we will argue for the importance and utility of public opprobrium in relation to legal norms and social values.
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