John Pratt is a Professor in the School of Social and Cultural Studies at Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand. Until December 2011, John was the James Cook Research Fellow in Social Studies. In 2009 he was awarded the 2009 Radzinowicz prize for the best article in the British Journal of Criminology 2008. Professor Pratt graduated in law from London University before studying criminology for graduate degrees at the universities of Keele and Sheffield in England. His research interests are in the areas of the sociology and history of punishment, and criminological and social theory. He has published extensively in these areas, including ‘Punishment in a Perfect Society’ (1993), ‘Governing the Dangerous’ (1998), ‘Dangerous Offenders: Punishment and Social Order (with Mark Brown, 2000), ‘Punishment and Civilization’ (2002). Recent publications include the following:
Pratt J D, ‘The Power and Limits of Populism: An Illustration from Recent Penal Developments in New Zealand’, in Emotions, Crime and Justice, edited by S. Karstedt, I. Loader, H. Strang (Oxford, Hart Publishing, 2011), pp. 331-346.
Pratt J D, Eriksson A, ‘In defence of Scandinavian exceptionalism’, in Nordic Prison Practice and Policy – Exceptional or Not?: Exploring Penal Exceptionalism in the Nordic Context, edited by Jane Dullum and Thomas Ugelvik (Routledge, 2011), pp. 235-260.
Pratt J, ‘Norbert Elias, the civilizing process and penal development in modern society’, The Sociological Review Monograph, Norbert Elias and Figurational Research: Processual Thinking in Sociology, 58, 1, June (2011), pp. 220-240.
Professor John Pratt is an International Visiting Scholar in Criminology at Monash University in May 2012.
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