Palgrave Studies in Prisons and Penology

Scandinavian Penal History, Culture and Prison Practice

Embraced By the Welfare State?

Editors: Scharff Smith, Peter, Ugelvik, Thomas (Eds.)

  • Provides an international, interdisciplinary perspective on social policy and the penal system
  • Highlights the distinctive Nordic model for the welfare state and prison conditions
  • Discusses the role of the state and how ideology links to social policy
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This book draws on historical and cross-disciplinary studies to critically examine penal practices in Scandinavia. The Nordic countries are often hailed by international observers as ‘model societies’, with egalitarian welfare policies, low rates of poverty, humane social policies and human rights oriented internal agendas. This book, however, paints a much more nuanced picture of the welfare policies, ideologies and social control in strong centralistic states. Based on extensive new empirical data, leading Nordic and international scholars discuss the relationship between prison conditions in Scandinavia and Scandinavian social policy more generally, and argue that it is not always liberating and constructive to be embraced by a powerful welfare state. This book is essential reading for researchers of state punishment in Scandinavia, and it is highly relevant for anyone interested in the ‘Nordic Model’ of social policy.



About the authors

Peter Scharff Smith is Professor of Sociology of Law at the University of Oslo, Norway.
Thomas Ugelvik is Professor of Criminology at the University of Oslo, Norway. 


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Table of contents (21 chapters)

  • Introduction: Punishment, Welfare and Prison History in Scandinavia

    Smith, Peter Scharff (et al.)

    Pages 3-31

  • “First We Build the Factory, Then We Add the Institution”: Prison, Work and Welfare State in Sweden c.1930–1970

    Nilsson, Roddy

    Pages 35-56

  • Prisons of Labor: Social Democracy and the Triple Transformation of the Politics of Punishment in Norway, 1900–2014

    Shammas, Victor L.

    Pages 57-80

  • The Rise of the Open Prisons and the Breakthrough of the Principle of Normalisation from the 1930s Until Today

    Fransen, Peter

    Pages 81-102

  • A Culture of Intervention—Vagrancy and Drug Treatment in Sweden from the Late 19th Century Until Today

    Andersson, Robert

    Pages 103-125

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eBook £80.00
price for United Kingdom (gross)
  • ISBN 978-1-137-58529-5
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: EPUB, PDF
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover £100.00
price for United Kingdom (gross)
  • ISBN 978-1-137-58528-8
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Scandinavian Penal History, Culture and Prison Practice
Book Subtitle
Embraced By the Welfare State?
Editors
  • Peter Scharff Smith
  • Thomas Ugelvik
Series Title
Palgrave Studies in Prisons and Penology
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-58529-5
DOI
10.1057/978-1-137-58529-5
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-58528-8
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XV, 540
Number of Illustrations and Tables
3 b/w illustrations
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