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From the Publisher"A major achievement ... in range and in analysis it is quite the best thing to have appeared in the area for many years."
"A model worthy of emulation and a challenge to all, regardless of theoretical, methodological or ideological persuasion."
American Journal of Sociology
"A rich, provocative, and at times brilliant analysis of social control, punishment and classification. Cohen's use of historical, theoretical and empirical description, his unique vision and objective argumentation, and his compassion and involvement with the issues make this an essential text for anyone interested in social control... Cohen has permanently broadened and illuminated the discourse in this field."
Law and Society Review