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The Will to Punish

Didier Fassin and Christopher Kutz


Over the past few decades, most societies have become more repressive, their laws more relentless, their magistrates more inflexible, independently of the evolution of crime. In this book, using an approach both genealogical and ethnographic, distinguished anthropologist Didier Fassin addresses the major issues raised by this punitive moment through an inquiry into the very foundations of punishment. What is punishment? Why punish? Who is punished? With these three questions he initiates a critical dialogue with moral philosophy and legal theory on the definition, justification, and distributi ... More

Keywords: punishment, critique, ethnography, genealogy, moral economy

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780190888589
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2018 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190888589.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Didier Fassin, author
James D. Wolfensohn Professor of Social Science, Princeton University

Christopher Kutz, editor
Professor of Law, University of California, Berkeley

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