Introduction - Punishment and Society: The Emergence of an Academic Field
THE SAGE HANDBOOK OF PUNISHMENT AND SOCIETY 11 (Jonathan Simon & Richard Sparks eds., 2013).
20 Pages Posted: 25 Oct 2013
Date Written: 2013
Does the academy need another Handbook? Encyclopedia? Dictionary? Or whatever other form of authoritative narrative you prefer? As occasional contributors to such enterprises, we have brought some serious scepticism to these questions as we have contemplated developing this Handbook of Punishment and Society for SAGE Publications. The publishers were keen, persuasive and clearly capable. It was ourselves whom we needed to convince that this was the right time for such an intervention before we could commit our own time and more importantly our ever diminishing social capital in order to importune colleagues to commit their time. Why then is a Handbook of Punishment and Society a worthwhile project now?
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