Michael Tonry

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This article discusses important ways of thinking about punishment. Section I discusses the history and recent past of work by philosophers and legal theorists. Section II surveys major works by social theorists, and Section III sketches work by political scientists on the day-to-day workings of criminal courts. The conclusion discusses a number of difficult issues concerning punishment that implicate all of the different ways of thinking about it.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationThe Oxford Handbook of Crime and Criminal Justice
PublisherOxford University Press
ISBN (Electronic)9780199940257
ISBN (Print)9780195395082
StatePublished - Sep 18 2012

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  • Crime
  • Criminal courts
  • Legal theory
  • Philosophers
  • Political scientists
  • Social theory


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