Nils Christie

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Nils Christie
Nils Christie at Third Annual Death Penalty Symposium 2007.jpg
Nils Christie speaking at Utah Valley State College in 2007
Born (1928-02-24)24 February 1928
Oslo, Norway
Died 27 May 2015(2015-05-27) (aged 87)
Oslo, Norway
Citizenship Norwegian
Fields Criminology, Sociology

Nils Christie (24 February 1928 – 27 May 2015)[1] was a Norwegian sociologist and criminologist. He was a professor of criminology at the Faculty of Law, University of Oslo from 1966. Among his books is Pinens begrensning from 1981, which has been translated into eleven languages. He received an honorary degree at the University of Copenhagen.[2][3] Christie is well known for his long standing criticism of drug prohibition, industrial society, and prisons.

He was a member of the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters.[4]

Nils Christie was awarded the 2001 Fritt Ord Freedom of Expression Prize "for his original and independent contributions to the Norwegian and international social debate."[5]

Select bibliography[edit]

  • Fangevoktere i konsentrasjonsleire ["prison guards in concentration camps"] (1952)
  • Hvis skolen ikke fantes (1971)
  • Pinens begrensning (1981)
    • Limits to pain (1981)
  • Den gode fiende: Narkotikapolitikk i Norden (with Kettil Bruun, 1985)
  • Kriminalitetskontrol som industri: På vej mod GULAG, vestlig stil? (1996)
    • Crime Control as Industry: Towards GULAGs, Western Style? (2000)
  • En passende mengde kriminalitet (2004)
    • A Suitable Amount of Crime (2004)

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Nils Christie er død,
  2. ^ Kalleberg, Ragnvald. "Nils Christie". In Helle, Knut. Norsk biografisk leksikon (in Norwegian). Oslo: Kunnskapsforlaget. Retrieved 5 June 2010. 
  3. ^ "Nils Christie". Store norske leksikon (in Norwegian). Oslo: Kunnskapsforlaget. Retrieved 5 June 2010. 
  4. ^ "Gruppe 8: Samfunnsfag (herunder sosiologi, statsvitenskap og økonomi)" (in Norwegian). Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters. Retrieved 9 January 2011. 
  5. ^ The Fritt Ord Freedom of Expression Prize Laureates