Histories of Punishment and Imprisonment

This area of research covers historical examinations of imprisonment. The modern prison emerged in the early 19th century and the vast majority of key issues facing us today have been faced by people in the past. The history of imprisonment – including prisons, concentration camps, and other institutions of control and confinement – contain important lessons for the future as research within this section maintains.

Current & recent projects

Recent publications

Pratt, J. (forthcoming, 2016). The Prison Diary of A.C. Barrington.  Dissent and Conformity in Wartime New Zealand. Otago: Otago University Press.

Pratt, J. and Eriksson, A. (2013) Contrasts in Punishment: An Explanation of Anglophone excess and Nordic exceptionalism, Abingdon: Routledge.

Spivakovsky, C. (2013) Racialized Correctional Governance: The Mutual Constructions of Race and Criminal Justice. Advances in Criminology Series, Ashgate Publishing: Surrey, UK.

Tubex, H., Brown, D., Freiberg, A., Gelb, K., and Sarre, R. (2015). ‘Penal diversity within Australia‘, Punishment and Society, 17(3): 345-373.

View the full list of recent histories of punishment and imprisonment publications here.


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