The Penal System: An Introduction
Now fully revised, this highly successful textbook provides a clear and comprehensive introduction to the penal system in England and Wales.
Michael Cavadino and James Dignan examine all aspects of the penal process, including details of the recent dramatic developments which have made the punishment of offenders and the escalating `penal crisis' one of the most hotly debated issues of the day. They also outline the theories which purport to justify and explain the practice of punishment and consider their value in helping us understand the penal system.
The Second Edition presents a stimulating account of the current crisis. The authors argue that the penal system not only suffers from severe practical pr
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Cohen and Mathiesen: the 'Dispersal of Discipline ' Thesis In a series of works,
especially his 1979 article 'The Punitive City' and his 1985 book Visions of Social
Control, Stanley Cohen has painted a nightmarish vision of the city of the future ...
Whereas the first transformation had the effect of concentrating the social control
energies of the state on highly selected populations of deviants within specially
designated institutions like the prison and the asylum, he points out that this is no
In a prediction which echoes the concerns voiced by Cohen, he too foresees that
'the control system as a totality may expand rather than shrink1 as a result of
recent proposals to strengthen society's social control mechanisms by, among
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