skip navigation

PUBLICATIONS

Register for Latest Research

Stay Informed
Register with NCJRS to receive NCJRS's biweekly e-newsletter JUSTINFO and additional periodic emails from NCJRS and the NCJRS federal sponsors that highlight the latest research published or sponsored by the Office of Justice Programs.

NCJRS Abstract

The document referenced below is part of the NCJRS Virtual Library collection. To conduct further searches of the collection, visit the Virtual Library. See the Obtain Documents page for direction on how to access resources online, via mail, through interlibrary loans, or in a local library.

 

NCJ Number: 230045 Find in a Library
Title: Discipline, Docility and Disparity: A Study of Inequality and Corporal Punishment
Journal: British Journal of Criminology  Volume:50  Issue:2  Dated:March 2010  Pages:185-205
Author(s): Laurie A. Gould; Matthew Pate
Date Published: March 2010
Page Count: 21
Publisher: http://www.oup.com 
Type: Legislation/Policy Analysis
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United Kingdom
Annotation: This paper examines the link of economic inequality to corporal punishment.
Abstract: Corporal punishment as a sanction for criminal offenders has a long global history. While most North American and European countries have abandoned such methods, corporal punishment is still a mainstay of criminal justice in many parts of the world. Employing a Foucauldian framework, this paper posit that the distribution of social power plays a determinative role in the retention of corporal punishment practices. Using economic disparity as a proxy for social power, the authors argue that countries with greater relative economic inequality are more likely to employ corporal punishment as a possible sanction against criminal offenders. Table, references, and appendixes (Published Abstract)
Main Term(s): Corrections policies
Index Term(s): Corporal punishment; Corrections in foreign countries; Cross-cultural analyses; Cross-cultural comparisons; Economic analysis; Economic influences; Socioeconomic development
To cite this abstract, use the following link:
http://www.ncjrs.gov/App/publications/abstract.aspx?ID=252077

*A link to the full-text document is provided whenever possible. For documents not available online, a link to the publisher's website is provided. Tell us how you use the NCJRS Library and Abstracts Database - send us your feedback.