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First published in 1985, this classic of law and society scholarship continues to shape the research agenda of today's sociology of punishment. It is now republished with a new Preface by the author.
'Punishment and Welfare' explores the relation of punishment to politics, the historical formation and development of criminology, and the way in which penal reform grew out of the complex set of political projects that founded the modern welfare state. Its analyses powerfully illuminate many of the central problems of contemporary penal and welfare policy, showing how these problems grew out of political struggles and theoretical debates that occurred in the first years of the 20th century.
In conducting this investigation, David Garland developed a method of research which combines detailed historical and textual analysis with a broader sociological vision, thereby synthesizing two forms of analysis that are more often developed in isolation. The resulting genealogy will interest everyone who works in this field.
"… a brilliant book … the main arguments of 'Punishment and Welfare' are undoubtedly some of the most tenacious and exciting to emerge from the field of criminology in many years."
Piers Bierne, Contemporary Sociology
"… one of the most important pieces of work ever to emerge in British criminology. It is a study of depth, subtlety and complexity … Garland's integration of close historical details with a broader sociological vision provides a model methodology…."
Stan Cohen, British Journal of Criminology
"This study shows how early 20th-century penal policy was a function of the nation's social welfare practices. Garland's theory is as applicable to the 21st century as it is to that earlier era: A tour de force.”
Malcolm Feeley, University of California, Berkeley