The New Punitiveness


Throughout much of the western world more and more people are being sent to prison, one of a number of changes inspired by a 'new punitiveness' in penal and political affairs. This book seeks to understand these developments, bringing together leading authorities in the field to provide a wide-ranging analysis of new penal trends, compare the development of differing patterns of punishment across different types of societies, and to provide a range of theoretical analyses and commentaries to help understand their significance.

As well as increases in imprisonment this book is also concerned to address a number of other aspects of 'the new punitiveness': firstly, the return of a number of forms of punishment previously thought extinct or inappropriate, such as the return of shaming punishments and chain gangs (in parts of the USA); and secondly, the increasing public involvement in penal affairs and penal development, for example in relation to length of sentences and the California Three Strikes Law, and a growing accreditation of the rights of victims.

The book will be essential reading for students seeking to understand trends and theories of punishment on law, criminology, penology and other courses.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781134018550
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 6/17/2013
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eTextbook
  • Pages: 346
  • File size: 9 MB

Meet the Author

John Pratt is Professor of Criminology, and James Cook Research Fellow in Social Science at the Institute of Criminology, at the Victoria University of Wellington.

David Brown is Associate Professor in the Asia Research Centre at Murdoch University, Australia.

Mark Brown is a Lecturer in the School of Social and Political Sciences, Melbourne University. His primary reserearch interests encompass penality, corrections, and colonial penal history.

Simon Hallsworth is Director of the Universities Centre for Social Evaluation Research, and Principal Lecturer in the Department of Applied Social Science at London Metropolitan University.

Wayne Morrison works within the Edexcel Foundation External Programme for Law, UK.

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Table of Contents

Pt. 1 Punitive trends
1 The great penal leap backward : incarceration in America from Nixon to Clinton 3
2 Continuity, rupture, or just more of the 'volatile and contradictory'? : glimpses of New South Wales' penal practice behind and through the discursive 27
3 Crime control in Western countries, 1970 to 2000 47
4 Supermax meets death row : legal struggles around the new punitiveness in the US 66
5 The liberal veil : revisiting Canadian penalty 85
6 Contemporary statecraft and the 'punitive obsession' : a critique of the new penology 101
Pt. 2 Globalization, technology, and surveillance
7 Globalization and the new punitiveness 121
8 Engaging with punitive attitudes towards crime and punishment : some strategic lessons from England and Wales 139
9 The ad and the form : punitiveness and technological culture 150
10 Electronic monitoring, satellite tracking, and the new punitiveness in England and Wales 167
Pt. 3 Non-punitive societies
11 Levels of punitiveness in Scandinavia : description and explanations 189
12 Missing the punitive turn? : Canadian criminal justice, 'balance', and penal modernism 201
13 When is a society non-punitive? : the Italian case 218
Pt. 4 Explanations
14 Modernity and the punitive 239
15 Elias, punishment, and decivilization 256
16 Liberal exclusions and the new punitiveness 272
17 Rethinking narratives of penal change in global context 290
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