Democratic Theory and Mass Incarceration by Albert DzurDemocratic Theory and Mass Incarceration by Albert Dzur

Democratic Theory and Mass Incarceration

EditorAlbert Dzur, Ian Loader, Richard Sparks

Hardcover | November 7, 2016

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The United States leads the world in incarceration, and the United Kingdom is persistently one of the European countries with the highest per capita rates of imprisonment. Yet despite its increasing visibility as a social issue, mass incarceration - and its inconsistency with core democraticideals - rarely surfaces in contemporary Anglo-American political theory. Democratic Theory and Mass Incarceration seeks to overcome this puzzling disconnect by deepening the dialogue between democratic theory and punishment policy. This collection of original essays initiates a multi-disciplinary discussion among philosophers, political theorists, and criminologists regarding ways in which contemporary democratic theory might begin to think beyond mass incarceration. Rather than viewing punishment as a natural reaction tocrime and imprisonment as a sensible outgrowth of this reaction, the volume argues that crime and punishment are institutions that reveal unmet demands for public oversight and democratic influence. Chapters explore theoretical paths towards de-carceration and alternatives to prison, suggest ways inwhich democratic theory can strengthen recent reform movements, and offer creative alternatives to mass incarceration. Democratic Theory and Mass Incarceration offers guideposts for critical thinking about incarceration, examining ways to rebuild crime control institutions and create a healthier,more just society.
Albert W. Dzur is Professor of Political Science and Philosophy at Bowling Green State University. Ian Loader is Professor of Criminology and Professorial Fellow of All Souls College at the University of Oxford. Richard Sparks is Professor of Criminology and Head of the School of Law at the University of Edinburgh, where he is also ...
Title:Democratic Theory and Mass IncarcerationFormat:HardcoverDimensions:360 pages, 9.29 × 6.1 × 1.3 inPublished:November 7, 2016Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0190243090

ISBN - 13:9780190243098

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