Exploring Modern Probation: Social Theory and Organisational Complexity

Exploring Modern Probation: Social Theory and Organisational Complexity

by Philip Whitehead


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Since 1997 the probation service, an integral component of criminal justice for over 100 years, has been subject to a politically-driven process of modernisation and cultural transformation. This innovative book explores this probation modernisation by using social theories associated with Durkheim, Weber, Marx and Foucault. The book combines this theoretical analysis with empirical research from interviews, which highlights challenges to, as well as support of, the politics of modernisation. This research is unique in providing insights into what representatives of other organisations think about probation - from the outside looking in.This up-to-date text will be essential reading for undergraduate and postgraduate students of probation, criminology, criminal and social justice and allied disciplines.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781847423481
Publisher: Policy Press at the Univ of Bristol
Publication date: 06/09/2010
Pages: 200
Product dimensions: 6.70(w) x 9.40(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Philip Whitehead, Reader in Criminal and Social Justice, Teesside University.

Table of Contents

Part one: Excavating and explaining: what has become of probation?: Bodies of social theory: the big guys
Religious, humanitarian and personalist impulses: the good guys
Social theory and excavating probation
Part two: Critique and challenge: what should probation be?: Views of probation and NOMS practitioners
Views of solicitors, clerks, magistrates, barristers, judges: empirical research findings

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