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Penal Power Its Forms, Functions And Foundations By Professor David Garland

British Academy Law Lecture, delivered by Professor David Garland FBA, on 7 June 2016 (venue: The British Academy).

This lecture will analyse the forms of penal power, the social uses to which they are put, and their connection to political institutions and social processes. Drawing examples from America’s penal system, the sociology of punishment has not adequately understood the relations between penal power and other forms of state power; or the place of criminal punishment in larger systems of social control and social integration. Rather than see the US case as an aberration, this lecture will argue that American penality helps us refine some of our basic assumptions about the place of punishment in modern societies.

About the speaker:
David Garland FBA FRSE FAAAS is Arthur T. Vanderbilt Professor of Law and Professor of Sociology at New York University. He has published widely in the sociology of punishment, the history of criminology, and social theory. His most recent book is The Welfare State: A Very Short Introduction (OUP 2016)

Chaired by: Professor Hugh Collins FBA, University of Oxford.

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