Tracing the Relationship between Inequality, Crime and Punishment: Space, Time and Politics

ISBN : 9780197266922

Nicola Lacey, FBA; David Soskice; Leonidas Cheliotis; Sappho Xenakis
370 Pages
156 x 234 mm
Pub date
Jan 2021
Proceedings of the British Academy
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The question of inequality has moved decisively to the top of the contemporary intellectual agenda. Going beyond Thomas Piketty's focus on wealth, increasing inequalities of various kinds, and their impact on social, political and economic life, now present themselves among the most urgent issues facing scholars in the humanities and the social sciences. Key among these is the relationship between inequality, crime and punishment. The propositions that social inequality shapes crime and punishment, and that crime and punishment themselves cause or exacerbate inequality, are conventional wisdom. Yet, paradoxically, they are also controversial. In this volume, historians, criminologists, lawyers, sociologists and political scientists come together to try to solve this paradox by unpacking these relationships in different contexts. The causal mechanisms underlying these correlations call for investigation by means of a sustained programme of research bringing different disciplines to bear on the problem. This volume develops an interdisciplinary approach which builds on but goes beyond recent comparative and historical research on the institutional, cultural and political-economic factors shaping crime and punishment so as better to understand whether, and if so how and why, social and economic inequality influences levels and types of crime and punishment, and conversely whether crime and punishment shape inequalities.


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1 NICOLA LACEY AND DAVID SOSKICE: Tracing the Links between Crime, Punishment, and Inequality: a challenge for the social sciences
2 SUSANNE KARSTEDT: Inequality and Punishment: The Idiosyncrasies of the Political Economy of Punishment
3 NICOLA LACEY AND DAVID SOSKICE: American Exceptionalism in Inequality and Poverty: A (Tentative) Historical Explanation
4 SAPPHO XENAKIS AND LEONIDAS K. CHELIOTIS: The Violence of Inequality: Race and Lobbying in the Politics of Crime and Criminal Justice in the United States
5 MARIE GOTTSCHALK: Deplorable or Disposable? The Carceral State and 'Breaking Bad' in Rural America
6 LISA L. MILLER: American Exceptionalism or Exceptionalism of the Americas? The Politics of Lethal Violence, Punishment and Inequality
7 MANUEL ITURRALDE: The Political Economy of Punishment and the Penal State in Latin America
8 BRUCE WESTERN AND CATHERINE SIROIS: Social Environments of Pervasive Incarceration: Lessons from Australia's Top End
9 VANESSA BARKER: Punishing Inequality: Notes on Social Worth from Sweden
10 EMILY GRAY, PHIL MIKE JONES AND STEPHEN FARRALL: Housing Inequalities, Crime and the Criminal Justice System: The Shifting Context in England and Wales since the 1980s
11 ZELIA A. GALLO: From ideologies, to institutions to punishment: the importance of political ideologies to the political economy of punishment
12 DARIO MELOSSI: Prison, Subordination, Inequality: Again on a Marxist Perspective
13 LEONIDAS K. CHELIOTIS AND SAPPHO XENAKIS: Exploring the Relationship between Crime, Punishment and Inequality: Some Afterthoughts on Method
14 LUCIA ZEDNER: Afterword to Tracing the Relationship between and Inequality, Crime and Punishment: Space, Time and Politics

About the author: 

Nicola Lacey's research is in criminal law and criminal justice, with a particular focus on comparative and historical scholarship. She has held a number of visiting appointments, most recently at Harvard Law School. She is an Honorary Fellow of New College Oxford and of University College Oxford; a Fellow of the British Academy; and from 2015-2019 a member of the Board of Trustees of the British Museum. In 2011 she was awarded the Hans Sigrist Prize by the University of Bern for outstanding scholarship on the function of the rule of law in late modern societies and in 2017 she was awarded a CBE for services to Law, Justice and Gender Politics.; David Soskice has been School Professor of Political Science and Economics at the LSE since 2012. He is currently working with Wendy Carlin (UCL) on tractable macroeconomic models; with Nicola Lacey on the comparative political economy of crime and punishment; with Torben Iversen on advanced capitalist democracies; and he gave the 2013 Federico Caffe lectures in Rome on Knowledge Economies: Winners and Losers. He was President of the European Political Science Association from 2011 to 2013; he is a Fellow of the British Academy and of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences; and he is an Honorary Fellow of Trinity College, Oxford.; Leonidas Cheliotis is an Associate Professor of Criminology in the Department of Social Policy, London School of Economics and Political Science. He is also Director of LSE's Mannheim Centre for Criminology. His research, teaching, and public engagement are primarily focused on the political economy and social psychology of punishment, as well as on the operations and consequences of penal and cognate policies. In recognition of his research, he has received a number of awards, most recently the 2020 Gerhard O.W. Mueller Award of the International Section of the American Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences and the 2016 Adam Podgorecki Prize of the International Sociological Association's Research Committee on Sociology of Law.; Sappho Xenakis is a Reader in Criminology and International Relations and Assistant Dean for Research in the School of Law, Birkbeck, University of London. She is also a founding co-director of Birkbeck's interdisciplinary Centre for Political Economy and Institutional Studies. Her research explores the relationship between national, transnational and global forces behind the emergence and evolution of criminal justice policies, particularly as concerns the use of imprisonment and efforts to counter organised and white-collar crime. In 2018, she was conferred the Critical Criminal Justice Scholar Award of the Critical Criminal Justice Section of the American Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences.

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