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Punishment and Political Order
Keally McBride
2007
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Published by: University of Michigan Press
Series: Law, Meaning, and Violence
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Most of us think of punishment as an ugly display of power. But punishment also tells us something about the ideals and aspirations of a people and their government. How a state punishes reveals whether or not it is confident in its own legitimacy and sovereignty. Punishment and Political Order examines the questions raised by the state’s exercise of punitive power—from what it is about human psychology that desires sanction and order to how the state can administer pain while calling for justice. Keally McBride's book demonstrates punishment's place at the core of political administration and the stated ideals of the polity. "From start to finish this is a terrific, engaging book. McBride offers a fascinating perspective on punishment, calling attention to its utility in understanding political regimes and their ideals. She succeeds in reminding us of the centrality of punishment in political theory and, at the same time, in providing a framework for understanding contemporary events. I know of no other book that does as much to make the subject of punishment so compelling." —Austin Sarat, Amherst College "Punishment and Political Order will be welcome reading for anyone interested in understanding law in society, punishment and political spectacle, or governing through crime control. This is a clear, accessible, and persuasive examination of punishment—as rhetoric and reality. Arguing that punishment is a complex product of the social contract, this book demonstrates the ways in which understanding the symbolic power and violence of the law provides analytical tools for examining the ideological function of prison labor today, as well as the crosscutting and contingent connections between language and identity, legitimation and violence, sovereignty and agency more generally." —Bill Lyons, Director, Center for Conflict Management, University of Akron "Philosophical explorations of punishment have often stopped with a theory of responsibility. McBride's book moves well beyond this. It shows that the problem of punishment is a central issue for any coherent theory of the state, and thus that punishment is at the heart of political theory. This is a stunning achievement." —Malcolm M. Feeley, University of California at Berkeley Keally McBride is Assistant Professor of Politics at the University of San Francisco.
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Frontmatter
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Acknowledgments
pp. ix-x
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Introduction: Strange Brew-Punishment and Political Ideals
pp. 1-16
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CHAPTER 1. The Whip of Utopia: On Punishment and Political Vision
pp. 17-36
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CHAPTER 2. "Man's Life Is but a Prison": Human Reason, Secular Political Order, and the Punishments of God
pp. 37-58
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CHAPTER 3. Earthly Divinity: Punishment and the Requirements of Sovereignty
pp. 59-80
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CHAPTER 4. Severing the Sanguinary Empire: Punishment and Early American Democratic ldealism
pp. 81-102
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CHAPTER 5. Punishment in Liberal Regimes
pp. 103-126
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CHAPTER 6. Hitched to the Post: Prison Labor, Choice, and Citizenship
pp. 127-146
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CHAPTER 7. Punishment and the Spiral of Disorder
pp. 147-164
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Notes
pp. 165-178
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References
pp. 179-188
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Index
pp. 189-194
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ISBN9780472023172
Related ISBN9780472069828
DOI
10.1353/book.6440
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OCLC655045792
Pages208
Launched on MUSE2012-01-01
LanguageEnglish
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