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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
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
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