Punishment - Key Ideas in Criminology

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Publisher's Synopsis

This book explores the concept of punishment: its meaning and significance, not least to those subject to it; its social, political and emotional contexts; its role in the criminal justice system; and the difficulties of bringing punishment to an end. It explores how levels of criminal punishment could and should be reduced, without compromising moral standards, public safety or the rights of victims of crime.

Core contents include:

  • Why punishment matters, the salience of emotions in its various discourses and the role of culture.
  • The politicisation of punishment and legitimacy.
  • The penal system, the prominence of the prison in research on punishment and the role of community sanctions.
  • The aims of punishment, its limits and the role of power.
  • The ethics of punishment and human rights.
  • Punishment and social order.

This book is essential reading for all criminologists, as well as students taking courses on punishment, penology, prisons and the criminal justice system.

About the Publisher



Routledge is the world's leading academic publisher in the Humanities and Social Sciences. We publish thousands of books and journals each year, serving scholars, instructors, and professional communities worldwide. Our current publishing programme encompasses groundbreaking textbooks and premier, peer-reviewed research in the Social Sciences, Humanities, and Built Environment. We have partnered with many of the most influential societies and academic bodies to publish their journals and book series. Readers can access tens of thousands of print and e-books from our extensive catalogue of titles. Routledge is a member of Taylor & Francis Group, an informa business.

Book information

ISBN: 9780367152284
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Imprint: Routledge
Pub date:
DEWEY: 364.6
DEWEY edition: 23
Language: English
Number of pages: 206
Weight: 40g
Height: 198mm
Width: 129mm