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

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Jonathan Steven Simon

University of California, Berkeley, Boalt Hall, School of Law

Richard Sparks

University of Edinburgh - School of Law

Date Written: 2013

Abstract

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?

Suggested Citation

Simon, Jonathan Steven and Sparks, Richard, Introduction - Punishment and Society: The Emergence of an Academic Field (2013). THE SAGE HANDBOOK OF PUNISHMENT AND SOCIETY 11 (Jonathan Simon & Richard Sparks eds., 2013).. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2343759 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2343759

Jonathan Steven Simon (Contact Author)

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Richard Sparks

University of Edinburgh - School of Law ( email )

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