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The Ethics of Total Confinement - A Critique of Madness, Citizenship, and Social Justice
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The Ethics of Total Confinement - A Critique of Madness, Citizenship, and Social Justice

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Published July 2011 (Oxford University Press)
ISBN: 9780195372212. Hardcover, 288 pages.
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Bruce A. Arrigo, Heather Y. Bersot, and Brian G. Sellers

  • Provides a series of recommendations in theory development, methodology, and for future research
In three parts, this volume in the AP-LS series explores the phenomena of captivity and risk management, guided and informed by the theory, method, and policy of psychological jurisprudence. The authors present a controversial thesis that demonstrates how the forces of captivity and risk management are sustained by several interdependent "conditions of control." These conditions impose barriers to justice and set limits on citizenship for one and all. Situated at the nexus of political/social theory, mental health law and jurisprudential ethics, the book examines and critiques constructs such as offenders and victims; self and society; therapeutic and restorative; health; harm; and community. So, too, are three "total confinement" case law data sets on which this analysis is based. 

The volume stands alone in its efforts to systematically "diagnose" the moral reasoning lodged within prevailing judicial opinions that sustain captivity and risk management practices impacting: (1) the rights of juveniles found competent to stand criminal trial, the mentally ill placed in long-term disciplinary isolation, and sex offenders subjected to civil detention and community re-entry monitoring; (2) the often unmet needs of victims; and (3) the demands of an ordered society. Carefully balancing sophisticated insights with concrete and cutting-edge applications, the book concludes with a series of provocative, yet practical, recommendations for future research and meaningful reform within institutional practice, programming, and policy. The Ethics of Total Confinement is a thought-provoking and timely must-read for anyone interested in the ethical and legal issues regarding madness, citizenship, and social justice.

 

 

Readership: Researchers and policymakers involved in restorative justice, as well as professionals in the fields of law, psychology, criminology, ethics, public policy, and social theory.

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