The Problem of the Body in Modern State Punishment

David Garland

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The article discusses the issue of bodily punishment in modern state punishment, examining imprisonment and capital punishment in the U.S. legal system and examining the effects of these practices on the body. The author says that imprisonment is classified in legal discourse as a deprivation of liberty in which the body is not the target of punishment and argues that prison administration necessarily deals with the body, while courts do not address bodily aspects of sentences. The author also argues that the practice of capital punishment in the U.S. seeks to avoid punishing the body, examining social norms related to state violence and methods used in U.S. executions.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)767-98
JournalSocial Research: An International Quarterly
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2011


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