A Civilized Society? The Culture of Punishment in Canada

FieldValue
dc.contributor.authorHughes, Andrea
dc.date.accessioned2015-03-27T17:08:49Z
dc.date.available2015-03-27T17:08:49Z
dc.date.created2015
dc.date.issued2015
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10393/32172
dc.identifier.urihttp://dx.doi.org/10.20381/ruor-2852
dc.description.abstractPunishment is more than a response to criminalized behaviour; at its core, it is a reflection of the cultural, social, and political trends of a society. In Canada, our cultural and emotional sensibilities have long been recognized as producing a moderate and balanced penal system. However, a recent series of ‘tough on crime’ laws and increasingly harsh prison conditions contradict our global reputation for being civil and lenient, and suggest that a period of ‘penal intensification’ (Sim, 2009) is taking place in Canada. This thesis explores Canada’s current penality through a critical, qualitative content analysis of the Safe Streets and Communities Act (2012) legislation and a sample of online public commentary. Drawing on the de/civilizing process theories of Norbert Elias (1939/2000) and John Pratt (1998, 2002, 2011), it is argued that there is a noticeable dominance of de-civilizing discourses and themes found within the legislation and comment boards. While historical developments have arguably made us more “civilized”, the recent implementation of harsh punishments in Canada’s penal system suggests that we are experiencing a “de-civilized” penal intensification.
dc.language.isoen
dc.publisherUniversité d'Ottawa / University of Ottawa
dc.titleA Civilized Society? The Culture of Punishment in Canada
dc.typeThesis
dc.faculty.departmentCriminologie / Criminology
dc.contributor.supervisorKilty, Jennifer
dc.degree.nameMA
dc.degree.levelmasters
dc.degree.disciplineSciences sociales / Social Sciences
thesis.degree.nameMA
thesis.degree.levelMasters
thesis.degree.disciplineSciences sociales / Social Sciences
uottawa.departmentCriminologie / Criminology
CollectionThèses, 2011 - // Theses, 2011 -

Files