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Communicative punishment as a penal approach to supporting desistance

Weaver, Beth (2009) Communicative punishment as a penal approach to supporting desistance. Theoretical Criminology, 13 (1). pp. 9-29. ISSN 1362-4806

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Abstract

This essay aims to explore the interfaces between Habermas' theory of communicative action (in particular his notion of the 'colonisation of the lifeworld'); Duff's penal communication theory and Rex's recent work on reconstructing community penalties. Its central argument is that a critical reading of the desistance research provides empirical support for the need to reconceptualise penal practices as communicative enterprises which can engage with their stakeholders in supporting desistance-both at the level of the individual and in the community. Particular attention is paid to the need to reconsider the relationship between 'offender management' services and the communities which they purport to serve.

Item type: Article
ID code: 16813
Keywords: communicative punishment, community penalties, desistance, Criminal justice administration, Penology. Prisons. Correction, Pathology and Forensic Medicine, Sociology and Political Science, Law
Subjects: Social Sciences > Social pathology. Social and public welfare > Criminal justice administration
Social Sciences > Social pathology. Social and public welfare > Penology. Prisons. Correction
Department: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences (HaSS) > School of Social Work and Social Policy > Social Work
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    Depositing user: Strathprints Administrator
    Date Deposited: 22 Mar 2010 14:43
    Last modified: 05 Sep 2014 03:16
    URI: http://strathprints.strath.ac.uk/id/eprint/16813

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