Punishment And Madness

Punishment And Madness

by Toby Seddon
     
 

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ISBN-10: 190438563X

ISBN-13: 9781904385639

Pub. Date: 12/14/2006

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

The focus of this book is on the government of prisoners with mental health problems in England and Wales over the last twenty-five years. The wider context and backdrop to the book is the shift to 'late modernity', which, since the 1970s has seen massive structural change in most Western societies, affecting the social, economic and cultural spheres, as well as

Overview

The focus of this book is on the government of prisoners with mental health problems in England and Wales over the last twenty-five years. The wider context and backdrop to the book is the shift to 'late modernity', which, since the 1970s has seen massive structural change in most Western societies, affecting the social, economic and cultural spheres, as well as the field of crime and punishment. This book investigates whether these profound transformations have also led to a reconfiguring of responses to mentally vulnerable offenders who end up in prison. Specifically, it explores how this group of prisoners has come to be viewed increasingly as sources of 'risk', requiring 'management' or containment, rather than as people suitable for therapeutic responses.

The book draws on primary research carried out by the author, including interviews with key informants involved in the field during this period, such as former cabinet ministers, senior civil servants, campaigners and academics. In conducting this investigation, the author has developed a method of research which combines and synthesizes different forms of analysis to create a novel approach to socio-historical research.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781904385639
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
12/14/2006
Pages:
212
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.50(d)

Table of Contents

1. Introduction: Punishment, Prisons and Madness 2. A Brief History of Imprisoning the 'Mad' 3. The New Right and Managerialism, 1980-1990 4. The Woolf Report and Prison Reform, 1990-1993 5. Penal Populism and Austere Institutions, 1993-1997 6. New Labour and Risk Management, 1997-2005 7. Conclusion

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