The police and punishment: understanding the pains of policing

Harkin,DM 2015, The police and punishment: understanding the pains of policing, Theoretical criminology, vol. 19, no. 1, pp. 43-58.

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Title The police and punishment: understanding the pains of policing
Author(s) Harkin,DMORCID iD for Harkin,DM
Journal name Theoretical criminology
Volume number 19
Issue number 1
Start page 43
End page 58
Total pages 16
Publisher Sage Publications
Place of publication London, England
Publication date 2015-02
ISSN 1362-4806
Keyword(s) penal sensibilities
police violence
Summary This article argues that police studies should draw on the sociology of punishment to better understand state pain-delivery. Whereas penal theorists commonly assess the pain and punishment of inmates in relation to wider social sentiments, police theory has yet to regard police violence and harm in the same fashion. As a result, police scholars often fail to address why the damage caused by public constabularies, even when widely publicized, is accommodated and accepted. Adapting the idea of ‘punitiveness’ from penal theory allows some explanation of how the public views injury and suffering caused by the police by illuminating the emotions and sentiments their actions generate.
Language eng
Field of Research 160205 Police Administration, Procedures and Practice
Socio Economic Objective 940499 Justice and the Law not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2014, Sage Publications
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