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Reinventing PunishmentA Comparative History of Criminology and Penology in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries$
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Michele Pifferi

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780198743217

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198743217.001.0001

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(p.1) 1 Introduction
Reinventing Punishment

Michele Pifferi

Oxford University Press

The chapter provides an overview of the issues investigated in the book. It makes few examples of the claims of penological changes between the late nineteenth early twentieth centuries in Europe and the United States. It refers to the origins of different penological identities in Europe and the United States, and addresses the question of the legacy of criminological theories on the current legal system. It sketches the dilemmas of indeterminate sentencing and preventive detention as well as the ambiguities of the reformatory system as a method of rehabilitation and elimination on both sides of the Atlantic. It suggests analysing the history criminology’s impact on the tenets of criminal law.

Keywords:   penal reform movement, criminological movement, indeterminate sentencing dilemmas, historicizing criminalization process, legacy of criminology

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