Skip to main content
Accessibility help
We use cookies to distinguish you from other users and to provide you with a better experience on our websites. Close this message to accept cookies or find out how to manage your cookie settings.
Only search content I have access to
Home
Books
The Genesis of Rebellion

Discipline, Punishment and the Fear of Insurrection
The Genesis of Rebellion
Governance, Grievance, and Mutiny in the Age of Sail

Search within full text
Chapter
Chapter
Print publication year: 2020
Online publication date: June 2020
6 - Discipline, Punishment and the Fear of Insurrection
Steven Pfaff, University of Washington, Michael Hechter, Arizona State University
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781108149853.007
pp 177-208
Export citation
Summary
Perceived threats to established social order can influence the willingness of those in authority to inflict punishments as well as the severity of those punishments. This chapter analyzes the case of summary punishment by flogging in the Royal Navy. Eighteenth-century reforms were intended to rationalize and normalize flogging and limit its severity. However, naval commanders saw the established order under attack after 1789 and, emphasizing moral offenses, imposed tighter discipline on their crews. Our analysis shows that greater penal severity is associated with several factors, including a period effect associated with the onset of the revolutionary age. Our findings are consistent with research that suggests that disorder influences the willingness to punish.
Keywords:
social control
punishment
discipline
revolutionary threat
flogging
Related content
Chapter
The Genesis of Rebellion
Steven Pfaff , Michael Hechter
Governance, Grievance, and Mutiny in the Age of Sail
Published online: 17 June 2020
Chapter
Punishment Philosophies and Types of Sanctions
Terance D. Miethe , Hong Lu
A Comparative Historical Perspective
Published online: 05 June 2012
Chapter
Sentencing and Corrections
Brian Forst
Nature, Sources and Remedies
Published online: 05 July 2011
Chapter
Punishment in American History
Terance D. Miethe , Hong Lu
A Comparative Historical Perspective
Published online: 05 June 2012
Chapter
The Consequences of Mutiny
Steven Pfaff , Michael Hechter
Governance, Grievance, and Mutiny in the Age of Sail
Published online: 17 June 2020
Chapter
British Naval Impressment in the Atlantic World
Christopher P. Magra
British Naval Impressment and Atlantic Origins of the American Revolution
Published online: 03 November 2016
Chapter
Manpower and motivation
Roger Morriss
Resources, Logistics and the State, 1755–1815
Published online: 10 January 2011
Chapter
Governance and Social Order in the Age of Sail
Steven Pfaff , Michael Hechter
Governance, Grievance, and Mutiny in the Age of Sail
Published online: 17 June 2020
Chapter
Why Seamen Rebelled
Steven Pfaff , Michael Hechter
Governance, Grievance, and Mutiny in the Age of Sail
Published online: 17 June 2020
Chapter
The White Ensign on Land
Tim Soriano
Published online: 10 August 2020
Powered by UNSILO
Librarians
Authors
Publishing partners
Agents
Corporates
Additional Information
Legal Information
© Cambridge University Press 2021
Back to top
Log inRegisterBrowse subjectsWhat we publishServicesAbout Cambridge Core Cart ( 0 ) Cart ( 0 ) Institution loginRegisterLog in Cart ( 0 )