Just culture: who gets to draw the line?

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Title Just culture: who gets to draw the line?
Author Dekker, Sidney
Journal Name Cognition, Technology and Work
Year Published 2009
Place of publication USA
Publisher Springer
Abstract A just culture is meant to balance learning from incidents with accountability for their consequences. All the current proposals for just cultures argue for a clear line between acceptable and unacceptable behavior. This alone, however, cannot promote just culture as it falsely assumes that culpability inheres in the act, bearing immutable features independent of context, language or interpretation. The critical question is not where to draw the line, but who gets to draw it. Culpability is socially constructed: the result of deploying one language to describe an incident, and of enacting particular post-conditions. Different accounts of the same incident are always possible (e.g. educational, organizational, political). They generate different repertoires of countermeasures and can be more constructive for safety. The issue is not to exonerate individual practitioners but rather what kind of accountability promotes justice and safety: backward-looking and retributive, or forward-looking and change-oriented.
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
Alternative URI http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10111-008-0110-7
Volume 11
Issue Number 3
Page from 177
Page to 185
ISSN 1435-5558
Date Accessioned 2011-02-21
Language en_AU
Faculty Arts, Education and Law
Subject Causes and Prevention of Crime
URI http://hdl.handle.net/10072/37890
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1x

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