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Tracing the Relationship between Inequality, Crime and Punishment: Space, Time and Politics

Nicola Lacey, David Soskice, Leonidas Cheliotis, and Sappho Xenakis


The question of inequality has moved decisively to the top of the contemporary intellectual agenda. Going beyond Thomas Piketty’s focus on wealth, increasing inequalities of various kinds, and their impact on social, political and economic life, now present themselves among the most urgent issues facing scholars in the humanities and the social sciences. Key among these is the relationship between inequality, crime and punishment. The propositions that social inequality shapes crime and punishment, and that crime and punishment themselves cause or exacerbate inequality, are conventional wisdom ... More

Keywords: Inequality, Crime, Punishment, Comparative political economy, Democracy, Imprisonment, Poverty, Comparative, Colonialism, Race, Historical, Interdisciplinary

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Print publication date: 2021 Print ISBN-13: 9780197266922
Published to British Academy Scholarship Online: May 2021 DOI:10.5871/bacad/9780197266922.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Nicola Lacey, editor
London School of Economics

David Soskice, editor
London School of Economics

Leonidas Cheliotis, editor
London School of Economics

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