Exploring Modern Probation

Exploring Modern Probation : Social Theory and Organisational Complexity

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Since 1997 the probation service, an integral component of criminal justice for over 100 years, has been subject to a politically-driven process of modernisation and cultural transformation. This innovative book explores this probation modernisation by using social theories associated with Durkheim, Weber, Marx and Foucault. The book combines this theoretical analysis with empirical research from interviews, which highlights challenges to, as well as support of, the politics of modernisation. This research is unique in providing insights into what representatives of other organisations think about probation - from the outside looking in. This text will be essential reading for undergraduate and postgraduate students of probation, criminology, criminal and social justice and allied disciplines.

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Product details

  • Paperback | 200 pages
  • 172 x 240 x 12mm | 322.05g
  • Policy Press
  • Bristol, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1847423485
  • 9781847423481
  • 1,244,196

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"A meticulous, succinct and extremely well written analysis of the probation services in the United Kingdom..." European Journal of Probation

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About Philip Whitehead

Philip Whitehead is Reader in Criminal and Social Justice at Teesside University. Previously he worked for the Probation Service for 26 years and held numerous positions including Research and Information Officer.

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Table of contents

Contents: Introduction; Part one: Excavating and explaining: what has become of probation?: Bodies of social theory: the big guys; Religious, humanitarian and personalist impulses: the good guys; Social theory and excavating probation; Part two: Critique and challenge: what should probation be?: Views of probation and NOMS practitioners; Views of solicitors, clerks, magistrates, barristers, judges: empirical research findings; Conclusion.

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