Crime and Punishment in the Philippines: Beyond Politics and Spectacle provides a rich tapestry of the continuing saga of crime, justice, and punishment. The chapters showcase the range of epistemologies and methods within the social sciences in examining contentious social issues across historical periods. The divergent worldviews of scholars and legislators, and the negotiated spaces between perpetrators, their families, and law enforcement agencies provide insights into the trove of information, cultural norms, and adaptive behaviors that accompany acts of crime and their corresponding punishments. Social justice, and sustainable and humane development can prevail if government were to use theory and data from the social sciences to craft policies, programs, and law enforcement strategies.
-Amaryllis Tiglao-Torres, Professor Emeritus