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Discourse Power and Justice : International Library of Sociology - Michael Adler

Discourse Power and Justice

International Library of Sociology

Hardcover Published: 22nd September 1994
ISBN: 9780415042376
Number Of Pages: 304

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"Discourse, Power and Justice" is a distinctive and theoretically informed, empirical study of the administration of the prison system. It is based on extensive research, mainly in Scotland, and combines theoretical innovation with detailed empirical evidence.
The book is located at a confluence of two academic sub-disciplines and their associated literature, socio-legal studies of justice and the sociology of knowledge. Their combination has produced a novel theoretical framework. The authors focus on the activities of those who manage the prison system. They identify the most important social actors in the system, located both historically and comparatively, and examine their characteristic forms of discourse. A major focus of the book is on the different forms and mechanisms of accountability and the book concludes with an analysis of recent policy changes.

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Institutions, actors and trends in imprisonmentp. 1
Discourses and discursive strugglesp. 26
Classification: the core of the prison systemp. 51
Transfers and careers: reinforcing classificationp. 82
Regimes: the power of the governors and the marginalisation of other professionalsp. 106
Petitions to the Secretary of State: handling requests and settling grievances?p. 137
The Prisons Inspectorate: monitoring regimes and improving standards?p. 159
The European Convention on Human Rights: protecting prisoners' rights?p. 182
Recent developments in penal policy: towards enterprising managerialismp. 214
Conclusion: discourse, power and justicep. 239
Notesp. 248
List of cited casesp. 260
Referencesp. 262
Indexp. 273
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ISBN: 9780415042376
ISBN-10: 0415042372
Series: International Library of Sociology
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 304
Published: 22nd September 1994
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 14.61  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.52
Edition Number: 1

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