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Imaginary Penalities
By Pat Carlen

Imaginary Penalities

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Imaginary Penalities by Pat Carlen

Book Description

This book is concerned to explore the idea of imaginary penalities and to understand why the management of criminal justice and criminal justice systems has so often reached crisis point. Its underlying theme is that when political strategies of punitive populism are combined with managerialist techniques of social auditing, a new all-encompassing form of governance has emerged - powerless to deliver what it promises but with a momentum of its own and increasingly removed from proper democratic accountability. A highly distinguished international group of contributors explores this set of themes in a variety of different contexts taken from the UK, N. America, Europe and Australia. It will be essential reading for anybody seeking to understand some of the root causes of increasing prison populations, social harms such as recidivism and domestic violence and the increasingly important role of criminal justice within systems of governance.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781843923756
ISBN-10: 1843923750
Format: Paperback
(234mm x 156mm x 25mm)
Pages: 368
Imprint: Willan Publishing
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Publish Date: 1-Oct-2008
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Pat Carlen

Pat Carlen is Visiting Professor at the Universities of Kent and Westminster, Editor-in-Chief of the British Journal of Criminology, founder of the Keele Criminology Department, co-founder of the campaigning group Women in Prison, and has published 17 books and many articles on criminal and social justice

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