Social solidarity, penal evolution and probation

McNeill, F. and Dawson, M. (2014) Social solidarity, penal evolution and probation. British Journal of Criminology, 54(5), pp. 892-907. (doi: 10.1093/bjc/azu042)

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Compared to the sociology of the prison, the 'sociology of probation' has been much neglected. In Europe and the USA, that neglect is beginning to be addressed by a number of scholars, both empirically and conceptually. Where these scholars have looked to the founding figures in the sociology of punishment, they have tended to examine probation through a Foucauldian or Marxist lens. This paper takes a different direction, reexamining Durkheim’s ideas about social solidarity and penal evolution to try to offer some analytical resources for making sense of probation's historical development and contemporary struggles. In so doing, we hope to illustrate both the continuing value of Durkheimian analyses of penality and the need to extend Durkheimian analyses beyond the prison. More broadly, we aim to briefly illustrate and to stimulate new cultural analyses of probation’s historical emergence and contemporary adaptations.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Dawson, Professor Matt and McNeill, Professor Fergus
Authors: McNeill, F., and Dawson, M.
Subjects:H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Social and Political Sciences > Sociology Anthropology and Applied Social Sciences
Journal Name:British Journal of Criminology
Publisher:Oxford University Press
ISSN (Online):1464-3529
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2014 The Authors
First Published:First published in British Journal of Criminology 54(5):892-907
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher

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