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Anglo-Saxon Sociologies of the Punitive Turn: A Reply

Abstract : This paper seeks to respond to Nicolas Carrier’s criticisms of Anglo-Saxon sociologies of the ‘punitive turn’. It postulates that the concept is based on empirical reality and provides a useful discursive tool for analysing recent penal trends across the Western world. It then goes on to pinpoint the key strengths of these sociologies, namely their Anglo-centric focus, their understanding of the importance that punitive rhetoric can have on political reality, and their focus on the wider socio-political context in which these changes have taken place. Finally, it is argued that the various sociologies are most relevant when understood together in the hegemonic context of neoliberalism.
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Emma Bell. Anglo-Saxon Sociologies of the Punitive Turn: A Reply. Champ Pénal, Champ pénal, 2010, VII, ⟨10.4000/champpenal.7915⟩. ⟨hal-02550454⟩



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