Garland 10 - Chapter 10

Garland 10 - Chapter 10 - and public infliction of pain...

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Click to edit Master subtitle style 8/9/10 Garland Chapter 10 – Punishment and Sensibilities: A Genealogy of ‘Civilized’ Sanctions
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8/9/10 The Social Construction of Sensibility Emotion as socially constructed Punishment as pain – regulated by cultural sensibilities regarding how much and what type of pain is tolerable Sensibility as too often taken for granted
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8/9/10 Norbert Elias and the Civilizing Process Elias’ concept of “civilization” Tightening and differentiation of social norms has refined behavior and emotions – people have grown more inhibited, self-controlled, and considerate of others Violence and pain grow increasingly disturbing and distasteful and are gradually removed from public view
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8/9/10 Spierenburg’s History of Punishment Pieter Spierenburg – The Spectacle of Suffering Sensibilities as a mediating link between broader structural changes and punishment practices Trend toward intolerance for violence
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Unformatted text preview: and public infliction of pain started among middle and higher status 8/9/10 The History of Sensibility 8/9/10 The Civilization of Punishment • Punishment increasingly hidden from public view • Sanitization of penal practice and language • Increased sympathy for offenders Sympathy as the least developed of these 8/9/10 Punitive Ambivalence and the Role of the Unconscious • Psychological ambivalence toward punishment • Civilizing process leads to repression of instinctive drives, especially aggression • Penal system as a “culturally correct” outlet for unconscious aggression 8/9/10 Contemporary Punishments and Modern Sensibilities • Why does our culture refrain from corporal punishment? • The cultural ban on pain and suffering is specific; modern sensibilities are selective. • Capital punishment – Changing types over time – Political and cultural symbolism...
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