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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 University Press Scholarship Online: May 2017

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447327653.001.0001

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The religious and personalist tradition: or, reflections on the moral economy of criminal justice

The religious and personalist tradition: or, reflections on the moral economy of criminal justice

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(p.93) Three The religious and personalist tradition: or, reflections on the moral economy of criminal justice
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Transforming Probation
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Philip Whitehead

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447327653.003.0004

When excavating probation and criminal justice since 1997, it is not possible to remain content with the bodies of theoretical resources established in chapter 2. This is precisely because there is a distinctive religious and personalist tradition of considerable longevity that must be factored into this analysis. Furthermore, the perspective advanced in this chapter is developed by refining the conceptual device of moral economy. Not only does moral economy critique the recent history within the criminal justice domain, it also provides the intellectual resources to reconstruct the moral dynamics of what is a people-facing organisation. Moral economy constructs an original perspective that can be applied to probation, criminal justice, and penal policy with illuminating effects.

Keywords:   personalist tradition, moral economy, criminal justice, probation, penal policy

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