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Punishment and Modern Society A Study in Social Theory

ISBN-10: 0226283828
ISBN-13: 9780226283821
Edition: N/A
Authors: David Garland
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Description: In this path-breaking book, David Garland argues that punishment is a complex social institution that affects both social relations and cultural meanings. Drawing on theorists from Durkheim to Foucault, he insightfully critiques the entire spectrum  More...

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Book details

Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 6/15/1993
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 320
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.232

In this path-breaking book, David Garland argues that punishment is a complex social institution that affects both social relations and cultural meanings. Drawing on theorists from Durkheim to Foucault, he insightfully critiques the entire spectrum of social thought concerning punishment, and reworks it into a new interpretive synthesis. "Punishment and Modern Society is an outstanding delineation of the sociology of punishment. At last the process that is surely the heart and soul of criminology, and perhaps of sociology as well--punishment--has been rescued from the fringes of these 'disciplines'. . . . This book is a first-class piece of scholarship."--Graeme Newman, Contemporary Sociology "Garland's treatment of the theorists he draws upon is erudite, faithful and constructive. . . . Punishment and Modern Society is a magnificent example of working social theory."--John R. Sutton, American Journal of Sociology "Punishment and Modern Society lifts contemporary penal issues from the mundane and narrow contours within which they are so often discussed and relocates them at the forefront of public policy. . . . This book will become a landmark study."--Andrew Rutherford, Legal Studies "This is a superbly intelligent study. Its comprehensive coverage makes it a genuine review of the field. Its scholarship and incisiveness of judgment will make it a constant reference work for the initiated, and its concluding theoretical synthesis will make it a challenge and inspiration for those undertaking research and writing on the subject. As a state-of-the-art account it is unlikely to be bettered for many a year."--Rod Morgan, British Journal of Criminology Winner of both the Outstanding Scholarship Award of the Crime and Delinquency Division of the Society for the Study of Social Problems and the Distinguished Scholar Award from the American Sociological Association's Crime, Law, and Deviance Section

Introduction
The Sociology of Punishment and Punishment Today
Punishment and Social Solidarity: The Work of eacute;mile 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 Social Institution
Bibliography
Index

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