As part of the Sage Course Companion series, this book provides a comprehensive introduction to the discipline of penology. It provides hints and tips on how to apply this information to maximum effect in coursework and examinations. This is a highly accessible text is for those new to prison studies, or for anyone looking for a refresher. It provides structure and background for all prison and punishment modules on undergraduate criminology/ criminal justice degrees. Written in a straightforward and clear style, the book gives detailed explanations for all academic terms used.

Theorising about Prisons and Punishment

Theorising about Prisons and Punishment

Theorising about prisons and punishment

Core Areas:

  • progress, modernity and civilisation
  • social divisions, power, and the distribution of punishments

Running Themes

  • Labour market
  • Legitimacy
  • Less eligibility
  • Penal reform
  • Power to punish
  • Risk
  • Social divisions
  • Social justice

Key penologists

Emile Durkheim (1858–1917) One of the founding fathers of sociology, Emile Durkheim is one of the most significant writers on the ...

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