The Political Economy of Punishment Today: Visions, Debates and Challenges

1st Edition

Dario Melossi, Máximo Sozzo, José A Brandariz García

Published November 14, 2017
Reference - 248 Pages - 18 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9781138686281 - CAT# Y266261
Series: Routledge Critical Studies in Crime, Diversity and Criminal Justice

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Over the last fifteen years, the analytical field of punishment and society has witnessed an increase of research developing the connection between economic processes and the evolution of penality from different standpoints, focusing particularly on the increase of rates of incarceration in relation to the transformations of neoliberal capitalism.

Bringing together leading researchers from diverse geographical contexts, this book reframes the theoretical field of the political economy of punishment, analysing penality within the current economic situation and connecting contemporary penal changes with political and cultural processes. It challenges the traditional and common sense understanding of imprisonment as 'exclusion' and posits a more promising concept of imprisonment as a 'differential' or 'subordinate' form of 'inclusion'.

This groundbreaking book will be a key text for scholars who are working in the field of punishment and society as well as reaching a broader audience within law, sociology, economics, criminology and criminal justice studies.

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