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Democratic Theory and Mass Incarceration

Albert Dzur, Ian Loader, and Richard Sparks


The United States leads the world in incarceration and United Kingdom jurisdictions are persistently among the European countries with the highest per capita rates of imprisonment. Yet despite its increasing visibility as a social issue, mass incarceration rarely surfaces in contemporary Anglo-American political theory as a major topic, and its incongruity with core democratic commitments has not been analyzed. This collection of original chapters seeks to catalyze a multidisciplinary discussion among philosophers, political theorists, and theoretically inclined criminologists of how contempor ... More

Keywords: democracy, mass incarceration, political theory, citizenship, public participation, punishment

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780190243098
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2016 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190243098.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Albert Dzur, editor
Professor of Political Science and Philosophy, Bowling Green State University

Ian Loader, editor
Professor of Criminology, University of Oxford

Richard Sparks, editor
Professor of Criminology, University of Edinburgh