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NCJ Number: 210231 
Title: Modernity and the Punitive (From New Punitiveness: Trends, Theories, Perspectives, P 239-255, 2005, John Pratt, David Brown, et al., eds. -- See NCJ-210217)
Author(s): Simon Hallsworth
Date Published: 2005
Page Count: 17
Sponsoring Agency: Willan Publishing
Portland, OR 97213-3644
Sale Source: Willan Publishing
c/o ISBS, 5804 N.E. Hassalo Street
Portland, OR 97213-3644
United States of America
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Book Chapter
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This paper examines whether penal excess is an outgrowth of modernity and to what extent.
Abstract: Results of research conducted in 1989 indicate that the seeds of penal excess are already present within modernity and under the right conditions will bloom and grow. In a follow-up to these results, this paper examines whether penal excess is indeed an outgrowth of modernity, as the 1989 study suggests. It also examines the evidence used to substantiate the results of the research to prove its legitimacy, and then reconsiders modernity by rethinking its nature in terms of general economics and the relationship of modernity to notions of expenditure in general and deficit expenditures in particular. It is argued that punitive excess derives its authority from transgressive heterogenic forces which are normally suppressed in modernity. Before one can consign modernity to the wreckage, there is a need to be more aware of the limits and limitations of the criticisms directed against it. This paper shows that modernity may not in all respects be as guilty as charged. References
Main Term(s): Penology
Index Term(s): Correctional reform; Corrections research; History of corrections; Punishment
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