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Transforming ProbationSocial Theories and the Criminal Justice System$
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Philip Whitehead

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781447327653

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: May 2017

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447327653.001.0001

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Assembling the resources to theorise probation and criminal justice

Assembling the resources to theorise probation and criminal justice

(p.39) Two Assembling the resources to theorise probation and criminal justice
Transforming Probation

Philip Whitehead

Policy Press

This chapter begins the task of assembling the academic resources to theorise the probation domain and criminal justice system during the era of modernisation and transformation. Bodies of social theory constitute the essential tools to engage in scholarly activity. Selected theories are advanced to develop and refine theoretical work within the criminal justice system. It is argued that Durkheim, Weber, Marx, Foucault, Lacan, and Žižek combine to construct a refined theoretical grid of critical resources that will later be put to work. The combined weight of these intellectual resources indicates the multifaceted theoretical framework required to excavate probation and criminal justice from 1997-2010 then 2010-2015.

Keywords:   Durkheim, Weber, Marx, Foucault, Lacan, Žižek, probation, criminal justice, modernisation

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