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  • Paperback
  • Bookstore's Wholesale Price: $12
  • October 2013
  • ISBN: 978-0-393-92038-3
  • 5.2 × 7.4 in / 256 pages
  • Territory Rights: Worldwide

Crime and the Punished

The Society Pages


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Douglas Hartmann (Editor, University of Minnesota), Christopher Uggen (Editor, University of Minnesota)


An essential introduction to how sociologists think about and research crime and punishment.

The second volume in this series tackles crime and punishment. As in the first volume, the chapters are organized into three main sections. “Core Contributions” exemplifies how sociologists and other social scientists think about otherwise familiar phenomena like crime, incarceration, and suicide. Chapters in the “Cultural Contexts” section engage crime in cultural realms—from politics to families to international crime and justice—that are often ignored or taken for granted among laypeople or in other social science disciplines. Finally, the “Critical Takes” chapters provide sociological commentary, perspective, and reflections on crime and its control.


A brief and accessible introduction, placed in the context of recent research

Every volume in The Society Pages series follows the same structure. Core Contributions contains a set of chapters by sociologists writing about core concepts and ideas from the discipline. Cultural Contexts essays show students how the sociological imagination can reveal aspects of social life usually taken for granted. Critical Takes essays highlight sociology’s critical approach to social problems and reveal sociology’s impulse toward social action and change. A Discussion Guide at the end of the volume includes questions and activities, created by the editors.

A selection of “greatest hits” from the largest, most visible collection of sociological material on the web

Intended to translate the most exciting research for readers not trained as sociologists, The Society Pages website features dynamic articles, podcasts, blogs, and roundtable discussions on topics that students care about most. Prominent sociologists contribute articles and participate in interviews that synthesize their cutting-edge research into brief pieces that anyone can understand. Each volume in the series collects the best of the web content into thematic collections, in an affordable paperback format.  

Social Facts

Every volume in The Society Pages series includes Social Facts—a set of short posts about trends in social data by Deborah Carr. One of the most prominent demographers of her generation, Carr tells the story behind data that frequently gets misreported in the media or misunderstood by nonsociologists.  

Changing Lenses

Changing Lenses is the product of an ongoing conversation between sociologist (and Society Pages co-editor) Doug Hartmann and photographer Wing Young Huie. In each essay, they exchange what's seen behind a camera lens and what's seen through a sociological lens to get at the diversity of perspectives and cultivate a unique look at the human experience.  

    Changing Lenses: We Are the 1 in 100, by Christopher Uggen

    Part 1: Core Contributions
        1. Six Social Sources of the U.S. Crime Drop, by Christopher Uggen and Suzy McElrath
        2. Climate Change and Crime with Robert Agnew, by Sarah Shannon
        3. Social Fact: The Great Depressions? by Deborah Carr and Julie A. Phillips
        4. Visualizing Punishment, by Sarah Shannon and Christopher Uggen

    Part 2: Cultural Contexts
        5. Why Punishment Is Purple, by Joshua Page
        6. The Color Purple, by Jonathan Simon
        7. Repercussions of Incarceration on Close Relationships, by Megan Comfort
        8. International Criminal Justice, with Susanne Karstedt, Naomi Roht-Arriaza, Wenona Rymond-Richmond, and Kathryn Sikkink, by Shannon Golden and Hollie Nyseth Brehm
        9. The Crime of Genocide, by Hollie Nyseth Brehm

    Part 3: Critical Takes
        10. Correcting American Corrections, with Francis Cullen, David Garland, David Jacobs, and Jeremy Travis, by Sarah Lageson
        11. A Social Welfare Critique of Contemporary Crime Control, by Richard Rosenfeld and Steven F. Messner
        12. Juvenile Lifers, Learning to Lead, by Michelle Inderbitzin, Trevor Walraven, and Joshua Cain
        13. Discovering Desistance, with Shadd Maruna and Fergus McNeill, by Sarah Shannon and Sarah Lageson

    Discussion Guide and Group Activities
    About the Contributors

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