Punishment, Justice, and Emotions

Oxford Handbooks Online (Criminology and Criminal Justice, Punishment Theories), New York: Oxford University Press. 2016

24 Pages Posted: 11 May 2016  

Henrique Carvalho

University of Warwick - School of Law

Anastasia Chamberlen

University of Warwick - Department of Sociology

Date Written: 2016

Abstract

This essay discusses the relation among emotions, punishment, and justice. It reviews theoretical scholarship on the role of punishment in society and sociological research on emotions, including the “emotive turn” in criminal justice and scholarship on the painful experience of incarceration. It argues that although punishment has been justified as a rational response to the problem of crime, there are emotional dimensions to its practice and function that go beyond crime. The authors suggest that the phenomenon of punishment is inherently affective, and propose that scholars of criminal justice should pursue a more rigorous study of how emotions, subjectivity, and self-identities contribute to the existence and framework of punishment in late-modern societies, in order to properly examine its role and limitations.

Keywords: punishment, emotions, punitiveness, imprisonment, justice, affect, identity

Suggested Citation

Carvalho, Henrique and Chamberlen, Anastasia, Punishment, Justice, and Emotions (2016). Oxford Handbooks Online (Criminology and Criminal Justice, Punishment Theories), New York: Oxford University Press. 2016. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2778614

Henrique Carvalho (Contact Author)

University of Warwick - School of Law ( email )

Gibbet Hill Road
Coventry CV4 7AL, CV4 7AL
United Kingdom

HOME PAGE: http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/fac/soc/law/people/carvalho

Anastasia Chamberlen

University of Warwick - Department of Sociology ( email )

Coventry CV4 7AL
United Kingdom
+44(0)2476523037 (Phone)

HOME PAGE: http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/fac/soc/sociology/staff/chamberlen/

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