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.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 200 pages
  • 172 x 240 x 12mm | 322.05g
  • Policy Press
  • Bristol, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1847423485
  • 9781847423481
  • 1,328,700

Review quote

"A meticulous, succinct and extremely well written analysis of the probation services in the United Kingdom..." European Journal of Probation (about first edition) "During the past twenty years or so through a process involving missed opportunities, misguided policies and political posturing successive governments have almost squeezed the humanitarian life out of the Probation Service: it lingers still. Although, Philip Whitehead argues in this book that the humanitarian role of the Service will not survive, those of us who disagree know that if it is to survive in some form that benefits society by contributing to the rehabilitation of those people who offend, a thorough and critical understanding of that process is crucial. No-one is better qualified to deliver that understanding than Philip Whitehead. Not only has he worked within the Service throughout this period but he has shown in his many publications an acute understanding of the history of probation. This book promises to be both the definitive account of its recent past and the critically challenging one that is needed." Maurice Vanstone, Emeritus Professor of Criminology, Swansea Universityshow more

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.show more

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.show more