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Perspectives on Punishment The Contours of Control


ISBN13: 9780199278763
ISBN: 0199278768
Published: August 2006
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Hardback
Price: £72.00



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The book offers an incisive collection of contemporary research into the problems of crime control and punishment. It has three inter-related aims: to take stock of current thinking on punishment, regulation, and control in the early years of a new century and in the wake of a number of critical junctures, including 9/11, which have transformed the social, political, and cultural environment; to present a selection of the diverse epistemological and methodological frameworks which inform current research; and finally to set out some fruitful directions for the future study of punishment.

The contributions to this collection cover some of the most exciting and challenging areas of current research including terrorism and the politics of fear, penality in societies in transition, penal policy and the construction of political identity, the impact of digital culture on modes of compliance, the emergent hegemony of information and surveillance systems, and the evolving politics of victimhood. Taken together, this work draws connections between local problems of crime control, transnational forms of governance, and the ways in which certain political and jurisprudential discourses have come to dominate policy and practice in western penal systems. ERRATUM The sentence on p. 153, lines 5-7 should read "...if welfare expenditure had not risen but remained at its 1987 level, the rise in imprisonment would have been 20 per cent greater than actually occurred, i.e. from 75 in 1987 to 99 in 1998." No other part of the book is affected by this correction.

Subjects:
Criminal Law
Contents:
1. Audience, borders, architecture: the contours of control
2. Ordinary anxieties and states of emergency: statecraft and spectatorship in the new politics of insecurity
3. Tony Martin and the nightbreakers: criminal law, victims, and the power to punish
4. European identity, penal sensibilities and communities of sentiment
5. Penalization, depoliticization, racialization: on the over-incarceration of immigrants in the European Union
6. Prisons during transition: promoting a common penal identity through international norms
7. The globalization of control: towards a control system without a state?
8. Welfare and punishment in comparative perspective
9. Sentencing as a Social Practice
10. 'Architecture', criminal justice, and control
11. Power, social control, and psychiatry: some critical reflections
12. Origins of actuarial justice