Penal Abolitionism

Hardcover | August 15, 2010

byVincenzo Ruggiero

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Abolitionism is not only a strategy or a set of demands, aimed at the reduction (or suppression) of custody, it is also a perspective, a philosophy, an approach which challenges conventional definitions of crime. This book examines the origin, philosophy and achievements of abolitionism andreviews the literature on penal abolitionism from the 1960s to the 1980s. By collecting and discussing the key abolitionist arguments, the author critically analyses the views expressed by its leading proponents; Nils Christie, Louk Hulsman, Thomas Mathiesen and Herman Bianchi, examining in particular how their views took shape, their philosophical foundations, and thesocial and political context of abolitionist ideas and perspectives. Policies, such as the virtual abolition of custody for young offenders in Italy, are presented and the area of informal justice is also addressed, with an overview of mediation and compensation practices, and an assessment of thedegree of their effectiveness and desirability.Through assessment of these achievements and experiments of specific abolitionist ideas, the author attempts to identify the legacy of abolitionism from a European perspective, whilst bringing into focus more recent contributions concerning the study of terrorism and war.

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Abolitionism is not only a strategy or a set of demands, aimed at the reduction (or suppression) of custody, it is also a perspective, a philosophy, an approach which challenges conventional definitions of crime. This book examines the origin, philosophy and achievements of abolitionism andreviews the literature on penal abolitionism f...

Vincenzo Ruggiero is Professor of Sociology at Middlesex University in London. He has published fifteen books and several articles in academic journals. He has conducted research on behalf of the ESRC, the European Commission and the United Nations.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:256 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.1 inPublished:August 15, 2010Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199578443

ISBN - 13:9780199578443

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction2. Crime as trouble3. Substantive justice and self-regulation4. Cultures of punishment5. The limitation of pain6. Social Christians and mercy7. Abolitionist praxis8. Mutual aid and cordiality9. Participation, conciliation and mourning10. Conclusion