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.

Sources of Penal Knowledge

Sources of Penal Knowledge

Sources of penal knowledge

Core Areas:

  • telling secrets
  • lies, damn lies and official prison statistics
  • official reports and inquiries
  • the media: more bad news?
  • penal pressure groups and the unions: acceptable penal critics?
  • views from below: novels, biographies and films
  • the academy: appreciative or critical research values?

Running Themes

  • Legitimacy
  • Pains of imprisonment
  • Power to punish

Telling Secrets

Prisons are closed, secretive worlds in which it is difficult to uncover the ...

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