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Punishment : A Comparative Historical Perspective - Mr. Terance D. Miethe


A Comparative Historical Perspective

Paperback Published: 30th May 2005
ISBN: 9780521605168
Number Of Pages: 254

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Punishment is the common response to crime and deviance in all societies. However, its particular form and purpose are also linked to specific features of the structure of these societies at a particular time and place. Through a comparative historical analysis of punishment, this book is designed to identify and examine the sources of similarity and differences in types of economic punishments, incapacitation devices and structures, and lethal and non-lethal forms of corporal punishment over time and place. We will look closely at punishment responses to crime and deviance across different regions of the world and in specific countries like the United States, China, and Saudi Arabia. It is hoped that the reader will gain an appreciation for both the universal and context-specific nature of punishment and its use for purposes of social control, social change, and the elimination of threat to the prevailing authorities.

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"...the many lessons for Canadian criminologists contained in this superb text permit me to conclude that it is quite a "gem." Canadian Journal of Criminology and criminal Justice, Gilles Renaud, Ontario Court of Justice

List of figures
List of tables
Preface and acknowledgements
Introduction: the punishment response
Punishment philosophies and types of sanctions
Contemporary punishments in comparative perspective
Punishment in American history
The history of punishment in China
Punishment under Islamic law
Issues in the sociology of punishments
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ISBN: 9780521605168
ISBN-10: 0521605164
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 254
Published: 30th May 2005
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 17.15  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.41