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The police and punishment: understanding the pains of policing

journal contribution
posted on 2015-02-01, 00:00 authored by Diarmaid HarkinDiarmaid Harkin
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.

History

Journal

Theoretical criminology

Volume

19

Season

February 2015

Pagination

43-58

ISSN

1362-4806

eISSN

1461-7439

Language

eng

Publication classification

C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

Copyright notice

2014, Sage Publications

Issue

1

Publisher

Sage Publications