1st Edition

The Politics of Punishment
A Comparative Study of Imprisonment and Political Culture

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ISBN 9780367900724
April 19, 2021 Forthcoming by Routledge
232 Pages 9 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This book explores how and why we punish people differently by undertaking a comparative social and political analysis of imprisonment regimes and political culture in Ireland and Scotland. While providing compelling new accounts of both Irish and Scottish penal cultures from 1970-1990s – a critical period for the transformation of imprisonment and penal politics – the work also provides a new framework for the comparative study of penality.

The book explores the different political ideas, cultural values and social anxieties that shape prison policymaking and closely tracks how these evolve and adapt over time. Through this historical recovery, the author shows that to make sense of comparative differences in how we imprison requires us to understand the political culture that governs incarceration. This study takes place in two nations often treated as peripheral to the dominant Anglophone story of penal transformation and comparison. As a result of the in-depth and historical nature of this comparison, this book advances important new understandings of punishment in both Ireland and Scotland and forces us to rethink claims of exceptional penal cultures.

This book will be essential reading for students and academics interested sociology of punishment, comparative penology, criminology, penal policymaking, law and social history.

Table of Contents

Chapter One: Introduction

Chapter Two: Comparative Penal Culture

Section One Irish Imprisonment Regimes & Political Culture 1970-1999

Chapter Three: Pastoral Penality: Addressing The Pains Of Imprisonment

Chapter Four: Pastoral Penality Losing Ground

Chapter Five: The Power To Imprison

Section Two The History Of Scottish Imprisonment And Political Culture, 1970-1995

Chapter Six: The Dismissive Society: Discipline And Exclusion In Scottish Imprisonment

Chapter Seven: Crisis Management

Chapter Eight: Reinventing Scottish Imprisonment

Chapter Nine: Comparing The Politics Of Punishment

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Louise Brangan is a Lecturer in Criminology, University of Stirling, UK.