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A. Aungles


In Punish and Critique, Adrian Howe makes a major contribution both to the literature on penality and to postmodem penal politics. Howe reviews the range of critical perspectives, Marxist, post structuralist and feminist, that have proliferated in the field of penology over the past twenty five years. This exegesis, however, is a means to an end: the second half of the book reflects Howe's concern to alter the ground of the debate, to effect a paradigm shift that will move the study of punishment to a consideration of the 'gendered characteristics of disciplinary procedures'.