The Abuses of Punishment

  • Robert Adams
  • Editors
  • Jo Campling

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Robert Adams
    Pages 1-2
  3. Robert Adams
    Pages 3-35
  4. Robert Adams
    Pages 36-55
  5. Robert Adams
    Pages 56-76
  6. Robert Adams
    Pages 77-98
  7. Robert Adams
    Pages 99-117
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    Pages 149-181
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  11. Robert Adams
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  12. Robert Adams
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  13. Back Matter
    Pages 238-270

About this book


This book argues that abusive punishments are particularly deeply rooted in authoritarian states and in some Western countries such as Britain and the USA, from which they have been exported over past centuries. The book surveys a variety of psychological, physically constraining, custodial, corporal and capital punishments. The implicit punitive content of judicial processes such as trial, as well as treatments such as behavioural therapy, may have as much psychological impact as more explicitly physical punishments.


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Authors and affiliations

  • Robert Adams
    • 1
  1. 1.Human Services DevelopmentUniversity of Lincolnshire and HumbersideUK

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