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Élites délinquantes et résistance au stigmate. Jacques Chirac et le syndrome Teflon

Abstract : Delinquent Elites and Stigma Resistance: Jacques Chirac and the Teflon Syndrome In the interactionist sociology of deviance, stigmatisation is understood as a product of degradation rituals. Investigating this claim, the author argues that, to the contrary, delinquent elites benefit from restorative rituals when accused. Such rituals come into being in conjunction with the legal proceedings, with the aim of removing their disparaging effects. Taking the case of Jacques Chirac's condemnation, three processes are brought to the fore: procedural restoration; restoration through the minimization of illicit occurrences; and restoration through the negation of any intentional wrongdoing. Such rituals produce the peculiar situation in which an individual is at once guilty and innocent.
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Pierre Lascoumes. Élites délinquantes et résistance au stigmate. Jacques Chirac et le syndrome Teflon. Champ Pénal, Champ pénal, 2013, X, pp.2-18. ⟨10.4000/champpenal.8388⟩. ⟨hal-01024831⟩

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