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The Process Is the Punishment: Thirty Years Later

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This essay reviews the arguments and impacts of the classic work, The Process Is the Punishment by Malcolm Feeley, originally published in 1979 and republished with a new foreword and preface in 1992. This essay examines how the book has been used in sociolegal research since 1979 by empirically tracing its citation in published work. I also examine missed opportunities where The Process Is the Punishment could still expand its impact in the literature, as well as reviewing the major arguments and criticisms of the book.

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: University of California, Santa Barbara, with a courtesy joint appointment in Law and Society

Publication date: 2008-09-01

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