Punishment and Modern Society

Punishment and Modern Society : A Study in Social Theory

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Winner of the 1991 Distinguished Scholar Award from the American Sociological Association

Winner of the Outstanding Scholarship Award of the Crime and Delinquency Division of the Society for the Study of Social Problems, USA

The first comprehensive account of the role of punishment in modern society, this book buils upon the work of Durkheim, Foucault, and others, and provides a fascinating interpretation of this complex social institution, showing how penal institutions interact with strategies of power, socio-economic structures, and cultural sensibilities.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 320 pages
  • 156 x 234 x 18mm | 500g
  • Clarendon Press
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0198762666
  • 9780198762669
  • 662,874

Table of contents

The sociology of punishment and punishment today; punishment and social solidarity - the work of Emile Durkheim; punishment and the construction of authority - a reworking of Durkheimian themes; the political economy of punishment - Rusche and Kirchheimer and the Marxist tradition; punishment as ideology and class control - variations on Marxist themes; punishment and the technologies of power - the work of Michel Foucault; beyond the power perspective - a critique of Foucault on punishment; the rationalization of punishment - Weberian themes and modern penality; punishment and culture - cultural forms and penal practices; punishment and sensibilities - a genealogy of "civilized" sanctions; punishment as a cultural agent - penality's role in the creation of culture; punishment as a social institution.
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This is a superbly intelligent study, without doubt the best yet written on a topic, penality, which the author has done so much to develop ... As a state of the art account it is unlikely to be bettered for many a year. * Rod Morgan, British Journal of Criminology * an insightful critique of existing approaches to the theory of punishment * Harvard Law Review * a landmark study * Andrew Rutherford, Legal Studies *
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