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Punitivity and technology

Punitivity and technology

Hallsworth, Simon and Kaspersson, Maria (2016) Punitivity and technology. In: McGuire, Michael and Holt, Thomas, (eds.) The Routledge Handbook of Technology, Crime and Justice. Routledge International Handbooks . Routledge, London, UK, pp. 565-576. ISBN 978-1138820135

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Since the first humans discovered within them a highly developed appetite for inflicting pain on their fellow beings, Homo sapiens have, in the millennia that have followed, assiduously cultivated the art of punishment, utilising the immense creative genius innate to their species. And each age has sought to do so, moreover, by availing itself of every technology that refinements in the forces and relations of production have made possible. In this chapter our aims are two-fold. In the first section of the paper, we will consider the relationship between technology and the punitive, prior to establishing how technology conceived both as an art or, techné , as well as a material assemblage of people and things, has been bought together to deliver pain to people in various ways. To accomplish this we will examine various forms of penal technical associations, beginning with the use of a technology as a simple extension or prosthetic of the human body (such as a whip), before studying more complex punitive machines such as the gallows and guillotine, prior to exploring more elaborate punitive assemblages in which various machines intersect with each other in elaborate social technical actor networks.

Item Type: Book Section
Uncontrolled Keywords: Technology; Punitivity
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
K Law > K Law (General)
Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA75 Electronic computers. Computer science
T Technology > T Technology (General)
Faculty / School / Research Centre / Research Group: Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences
Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences > School of Law & Criminology (LAC)
Last Modified: 04 Sep 2017 10:52

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