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A Reader on Punishment By Edited by R. A. Duff

A Reader on Punishment
by Edited by R. A. Duff

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Presents a series of key readings on theories of punishment in modern society. The editors identify practical and theoretical problems, and demonstrate how legal theories of punishment can only be understood with reference to their wider social and cultural contexts.
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A Reader on Punishment by Edited by R. A. Duff

Why we punish, who we punish and how we punish are central elements of any discussion of the role of law in modern society. In this impressive and timely collection, two leading experts on the theory of punishment have selected a range of articles which have made important and influential contributions to the ways in which punishment is understood in contemporary society. The collection is introduced by a lengthy and original discussion of the key concepts of punishment, and each article is prefaced by a short introduction setting out the issues to be discussed. Throughout the book the aim of the editors is to demonstrate how complex the concept of punishment is, and to illustrate how an understanding of punishment is vitally important for students of law and society.

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A Reader on Punishment Reviews

`It's a fine book, as I would expect from these editors.' Richard, W. Ireland, University of Aberystwyth
`An intelligent contemporary selection which will prove very useful in orienting students towards the principled analysis of punishment.' Dr J.R. Sparks, Keele University
`This has come out at an opportune time - it is almost an ideal reading compilation for this course.' P.J. Leyland, University of North London
`A comprehensive reader which obviates the need for extensive reading lists and frustrating library searches for missing periodicals.' Dr C. Leon, University of Leeds
`Looks very promising.' Keith Soothill, University of Lancaster
`Good value for money, covers a range of important issues.' Dr S. Easton, Brunel University
`The book will provide a solid and positive introduction to a key area in criminal justice. It will therefore be excellent as an introductory text.' Professor Joe Sim, Liverpool John Moores University
`Excellent selection of readings, representing value for money. Attractive to 1st-year students, and also of use to them throughout academic careers.' Dr J. Wardhaugh, University of Wales
`Excellent.' Mr F.J. Dempsey, University of Galway
`A marvellous book.' Mr Toddington, University of Hull
`A very useful text ... contains some seminal articles relevant to any discussion of punishment.' Erica Stratta, Worcester College of Higher Education
A novel attempt by the editors to bring together writings on the philosophy of punishment, penology, and the sociology of punishment ... The range is very wide and the examination very deep and from every conceivable angle ... This is a splendid collection of contemporary wisdom about punishment in theory and in practice, for which the editors must be thanked warmly for bringing together in one volume. * British Journal of Criminology *
a collection of 14 recent essays or book-chapters on the whys, whos and hows of punishment that it would be hard to better. Its scope is both philosophical and practical. A virtue of the Duff-Garland collection is to take zero-based approaches to punishment seriously ... full of provocative questions and vigorous argument: just right for stirring up sharper debate. * The economist (UK) *

Table of Contents

1. Thinking about Punishment ; 2. Marxism and retribution ; 3. The Expressive Function of Punishment ; 4. A Paternalistic Theory of Punishment ; 5. Censure and Proportionality ; 6. Proportionality, Parsimony, and Interchangeability of Punishments ; 7. Making the Punishment Fit the Crime: A Consumer's Guide to Sentencing Reform ; 8. Penalties and Opportunities ; 9. Reductivism and Deterrence ; 10. General Prevention as Communication ; 11. Incapacitation within Limits ; 12. The Concept of Punishment ; 13. Beyond Punishment ; 14. Crime, Inequality and Sentencing ; 15. Abolition: Assensus and Sanctuary

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A Reader on Punishment by Edited by R. A. Duff
Edited by R. A. Duff
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