The Punishment Response

Author:   Professor Graeme R. Newman ,  Gilbert Seldes ,  Professor Graeme Newman
Publisher:   Taylor & Francis Inc
Edition:   2nd New edition
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9781412807845


Pages:   374
Publication Date:   30 June 2008
Format:   Paperback
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The Punishment Response


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Punishment occupies a central place in our lives and attitudes. We suffer a profound ambivalence about its moral consequences. Persons who have been punished or are liable to be punished have long objected to the legitimacy of punishment. We are all objects of punishment, yet we are also its users. Our ambivalence is so profound that not only do we punish others, but we punish ourselves as well. We view those who submit too willingly to punishment as obedient verging on the groveling coward, and we view those who resist punishment as disobedient, rebels. In The Punishment Response Graeme Newman describes the uses of punishment and how these uses change over time.Some argue that punishment promotes discrimination and divisiveness in society. Others claim that it is through punishment that order and legitimacy are upheld. It is important that punishment is understood as neither one nor the other; it is both. This point, simple though it seems, has never really been addressed. This is why Newman claims we wax and wane in our uses of punishment; why punishing institutions are clogged by bureaucracy; why the death penalty comes and goes like the tide.Graeme Newman emphasizes that punishment is a cultural process and also a mechanism of particular institutions, of which criminal law is but one. Because academic discussions of punishment have been confined to legalistic preoccupations, much of the policy and justification of punishment have been based on discussions of extreme cases. The use of punishment in the sphere of crime is an extreme unto itself, since crime is a minor aspect of daily life. The uses of punishment, and the moral justifications for punishment within the family and school have rarely been considered, certainly not to the exhaustive extent that criminal law has been in this outstanding work.

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Author:   Professor Graeme R. Newman ,  Gilbert Seldes ,  Professor Graeme Newman
Publisher:   Taylor & Francis Inc
Imprint:   AldineTransaction
Edition:   2nd New edition
Dimensions:   Width: 15.20cm , Height: 2.10cm , Length: 22.90cm
Weight:   0.499kg
ISBN:  

9781412807845


ISBN 10:   1412807840
Pages:   374
Publication Date:   30 June 2008
Audience:   General/trade ,  General
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active
Availability:   Out of print, replaced by POD   Availability explained
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Graeme Newman is Distinguished Teaching Professor in the School of Criminal Justice at the State University of New York-Albany. He has provided consultation to the Criminal Justice and Crime Prevention Division of the United Nations. He is the author or editor of many books including Super Highway Robbery, The Global Report on Crime and Justice and Rational Choice and Situational Crime Prevention.

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